Joaquin Phoenix has agreed to play The Joker in upcoming standalone movie

09 February, 2018, 05:15 | Author: Julian Swanson
  • Joaquin Phoenix in Talks to Play the Joker in Todd Phillips' Standalone Movie (EXCLUSIVE)

Sources say Phoenix has agreed to the role but has not yet entered negotiations with studio Warner Bros., who were reportedly eyeing Academy Award victor Leonardo DiCaprio in September. Initial reports indicated that Phillips movie would be executive produced by Martin Scorsese. Instead, Warner Bros.is aiming to create a new imprint to tell stories of other characters in the DC canon, separate from any of their existing cinematic universes.

Phoenix is actually a great choice for the role as he is known for being a hardcore method actor who can sink into any character he plays.

Joaquin Phoenix will follow in the footsteps of Heath Ledger and Jack Nicholson by playing Batman villain the Joker, according to reports. In addition, the Joker origin story is reportedly set to fall under a new banner of DC features at Warner Bros. that are not connected to the DCEU continuity.

The as-yet-untitled film will take place outside the current DC movieverse.

The studio will allow interesting storytellers to plop these iconic characters into bold settings employing unique genres.

Phoenix comes to the role that was previously rumored to be Leonardo DiCaprio's. This now untitled origin story is said to take place in the 1980s and follow The Joker's rise as a crime lord in Gotham.

This is a case of third time's the charm for Phoenix who has turned down two previous comic book roles in the past. The Joker has been iconically portrayed by many different actors over the years.

Joaquin Phoenix was also up to play Lex Luthor in Batman vs. Superman and Doctor Strange for Marvel, but passed on those roles.

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