Joker origin movie may get Joaquin Phoenix in the lead role

Joaquin Phoenix in Talks to Play the Joker in Todd Phillips' Standalone Movie (EXCLUSIVE)

Joaquin Phoenix Eyed for Joker Stand-Alone Movie

The Joker standalone movie is not a part of the DCEU slate of films, and Jared Leto is still set to play the Joker in the DCEU with his next appearance looking likely for Suicide Squad 2.

According to Variety, Phoenix is in talks to play the Clown Prince of Crime in the still-very-much-happening Todd Phillips' untitled Joker origin movie.

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The Joker has been played by a number of top actors, most notably Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger. However, after a meeting with Phillips, Phoenix is said to have had time to mull the role over and has agreed to sign on.

As well, DC is already conditioning even casual fans to accept that there can be more than one version of the same character between TV and movies, as it's done with Barry Allen/The Flash. 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.

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Phillips is directing and co-writing, reportedly met with Phoenix before the new year and has been waiting for the greenlight from WB. The movie would take place outside the official canon of the DC Extended Universe that began with Man of Steel. If Phillips is able to ultimately nab Phoenix for the role, this would be his first comic book movie bout, as Phoenix previously turned down the roles of Lex Luthor for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Marvel Studios' Doctor Strange.

He was nearly Doctor Strange, to the point where there were rumors he was going to be announced at SDCC until both parties went other directions. Scorsese's frequent collaborations with DiCaprio led many to make the connection that the actor would be cast as the Joker.

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