Joker Movie Circles Joaquin Phoenix for Mistah J

Joker Movie Circles Joaquin Phoenix for Mistah J

The 43-year-old Her actor would be joining the character's origin movie at DC helmed by Hangover creator Tod Phillips who will also help write the screenplay.

Variety reports that Joaquin Phoenix is in talks to star in The Joker origin movie that Warner Bros.is working on.

People weren't necessarily thrilled to hear that the Joker is getting a standalone movie, but fans can rest assured that the supervillain will be played by a talented actor.

Variety reports that Phoenix is director Todd Phillips' top choice to play the famous Batman antagonist. Warner Bros. declined to comment.

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There had been rumors that Leonardo DiCaprio would take on the role but the plan fell through.

Phillips' film will be a DC Comics adaptation for Warner Brothers, but won't be part of the DCEU shared universe that Justice League and Suicide Squad are part of.

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.

Of all the Caped Crusader's enemies through the years, the Joker is by far the most well-known.

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Scott Silver is co-writer on the film, which has been described as more of a gritty crime movie than a comic book one.

The film falls under the yet to be announced banner of DC Comics, which gives the studio the opportunity to expand the canon of the insane comic book character with story angles that aren't included in its current cinematic universe.

Joaquin Phoenix was also up to play Lex Luthor in Batman vs. Superman and Doctor Strange for Marvel, but passed on those roles.

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