Monday, 24 September, 2018

Joaquin Phoenix Set To Play The Joker In Upcoming Batman Prequel

Joaquin Phoenix has 'agreed' to play The Joker in Todd Phillips' DC origins movie Joaquin Phoenix has reportedly agreed to take on the role of The Joker in a DC standalone film
| 12 February, 2018, 02:17

What is unexpected, however, is that this is going to be a standalone movie-and potentially a period piece-completely removed from WB's DC Extended Universe (or whatever it's called these days).

The Joker has memorably been part of two Batman movies in the form of Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger, and was most recently played by Jared Leto in the first "Suicide Squad" film. Currently, the team is awaiting Warner Bros.' official confirmation before commencing studio negotiation.

Joaquin Phoenix is in talks to play the Clown Prince of Crime in Warner Bros. and Todd Phillips' untitled Joker origin movie. This shouldn't be too surprising given the Joker's stature as one of the best villains of fiction (as well as a box office draw considering what he and Harley Quinn did for the otherwise toxically received Suicide Squad). The project has been described as "gritty" quite often, and is expected to be different than the average comic book movie.

While studio negotiations haven't started yet, according to Variety, Phoenix was approached by Phillips late a year ago and early talks have already begun. Phillips had allegedly met with Phoenix sometime in December to successfully convince the Inherent Vice actor to assume the role of The Joker.


An unlikely report surfaced in 2017 about Batman's arch-nemesis The Joker starring in his own film, separate from the existing series of DC Comics films, with Martin Scorsese on board as a producer and Leonardo DiCaprio in line to star. He was also in talks for Disney-Marvel's "Doctor Strange", but passed on that as well.

"The movie would fall under a yet-to-be-announced new banner of DC Comics", Says Variety, "which would give the studio the opportunity to expand the canon of the iconic comic-book characters with unique story angles that aren't included in its current cinematic universe".

Phoenix now stars in the 2018 flick "Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot".

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