Joaquin Phoenix to play the Joker in upcoming origin movie, reports say

Joaquin Phoenix in Talks to Play the Joker in Todd Phillips's Standalone DC Movie

Joaquin Phoenix Eyed for Joker Stand-Alone Movie

Joaquin Phoenix is reportedly in talks to play the lead in an upcoming Joker origin movie, being written and directed by Todd Phillips.

Nearly a month to the day since the Jim Gordon actor told TooFab at the 7th Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts International Awards that he'd "like to see someone like Joaquin Phoenix play" Batman next, it turns out the actor is in talks to join the Batman cinematic universe.

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. Phillips is set to co-write and direct the film.

Joaquin Phoenix in Talks to Play the Joker in Todd Phillips's Standalone DC Movie

That makes the entire concept of a Joker origin film a bit easier to swallow, and since Batman's most famous and enduring nemesis has had perhaps the widest variety of takes of any superhero comic book character ever, it's not hard to see how it could work. Leonardo DiCaprio, a frequent collaborator with Scorsese, was originally rumored to be eyed for the role.

Of all the Caped Crusader's enemies through the years, the Joker is by far the most well-known. In fact, the movie has previously been described as a crime thriller set in an early 1980s Gotham City, with the plan being to evoke Martin Scorsese's classic neo noir, Taxi Driver (1976), except, you know. with a lot more smiling. This tone seems more aligned with Phoenix's acting as opposed to the direction Leto took the character in Suicide Squad. For his work as an actor, Phoenix has received a Grammy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and has three Academy Award and British Academy Film Award nominations. With the Joker standalone film, it looks like Warner Bros. finally have their man.

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