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Joaquin Phoenix Could Be The New Joker

09 February 2018, 05:17 | Ruben Stone

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Joaquin Phoenix The Joker

Phillips will direct as well as co-write the film with Scott Silver.

Joaquin Phoenix is apparently in talks to play the Joker in a standalone movie helmed by The Hangover's Todd Phillips.

Academy Award victor Jared Leto, who played the Joker in 2016's Suicide Squad and will reprise the role in a sequel and a spinoff alongside Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn, was reportedly upset with Warner Bros. for seeking out other Jokers.

To be clear, this will be a wholly separate film from anything in the DCEU, including Suicide Squad and whatever Jared Leto is doing with the character in those series of film.

In the wake of a troubling roll-out for their extended universe, including the poorly received "Justice League" and "Suicide Squad", and the massive success of "Wonder Woman", Vulture reported a year ago that DC and Warner Bros. were rethinking their approach to the films.

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It's also said that Leonardo DiCaprio was courted for the Joker role, but that didn't pan out.

The untitled Joker movie is said to borrow inspiration from Scorsese's Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, and is rumored to see a future Clown Prince of Crime who was tormented in his youth. The Joker has been iconically portrayed by many different actors over the years.

The film, which takes place in the 80's and is pitched as a gritty crime drama, will be the first project in the yet to be named "out of continuity/Elseworlds" banner of DC Films. "There were too many requirements that went against my instincts for character".

Phoenix has been nominated for two Best Actor Oscars for his work in 2013's The Master and 2006's Walk the Line. With the Joker standalone film, it looks like Warner Bros. finally have their man.

Phoenix has previously turned down the chance to play Lex Luther in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

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