Joaquin Phoenix is likely going to be the new Joker

Joaquin Phoenix The Joker DC Comics

Joaquin Phoenix might be gearing up to play the Joker in an upcoming movie! And with that unlikely idea comes an unlikely casting fantasy in actor Joaquin Phoenix.

This film will have no bearing on the version of the character in the DCEU.

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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 past year that DC and Warner Bros. were rethinking their approach to the films. The 43-year-old, multiple Oscar-winning actor would be a big get after the rumored first choice of Leonardo DiCaprio didn't come to pass.

The new Joker film will be written and co-directed by The Hangover director Todd Phillips. Initial reports indicated that Phillips movie would be executive produced by Martin Scorsese. Two different film Jokers is only a small step beyond that, and Phoenix would no doubt provide his own unique but twisted interpretation to go into a pantheon that already includes showstopping performances by Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger. Sources say the story will take place in the '80s and have more of the look of a gritty crime drama than comic-book movie. 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. 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. However, WB has not confirmed it as such, and there was once a time when Phoenix was in talks to play Marvel Studios' Doctor Strange, so don't take it as a done deal.

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