Joaquin Phoenix is in talks to play the Clown Prince of Crime in Warner Bros. and Todd Phillips’ untitled Joker origin movie.
While studio negotiations are not yet underway, Phillips has made it clear that Phoenix is the top choice to star and sources now tell Variety that, after thinking it over, Phoenix has agreed to the role. WB had no comment.
Insiders stress that Jared Leto, who starred in “Suicide Squad” as the Joker is still on board as the character in the DC universe and that this Phoenix has no effect on what happens with Leto’s character in future DC films.
The movie would fall under a yet-to-be-announced new banner of DC Comics, 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. Jared Leto most recently played the Joker in “Suicide Squad” and is likely to reprise that role in “Suicide Squad 2,” but will not be featured in this film. Rumors circulated that Leonardo DiCaprio was the first person approached to star in Phillips’ standalone film, though that didn’t pan out.
Soo, we’ve got good news here and we’ve got very very bad news here.
Here’s the good news: Joaquin Phoenix is the perfect casting choice. He’s one of the best actors in the game and can hit every emotion at the snap of a finger which is exactly what makes The Joker so compelling.
If this truly is a Joker origin story then Joaquin is the perfect candidate to play the impotent struggling comedian that The Joker was before he had his ‘one bad day’.
This year, Joaquin stars in a movie where he gains a bunch of weight and beats the brakes off of people. He also stars in another movie this year where he losses a bunch of weight and plays a character in a wheelchair.
Joaquin can literally do ANYTHING.
Here’s the bad news: DC is still keeping Jared Leto’s Joker as well. Shit. Suicide Squad was one of the worst things that has ever happened to me. Now, not only is DC running it back with a sequel that no one asked for, but they’re bringing back this weird Joker with like ‘lol’ tattoos and grills in his mouth for no reason and why? Why are they doing this to me?
DC doesn’t want me to be happy. Please save us, Joaquin. Jared Leto is coming. HURRY.
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