The upcoming roadmap for DC movies is quite murky, but some clarity is being provided for the standalone Joker movie that’s been rumored. The only thing we know is that Todd Phillips is attached to direct, and now a major Hollywood actor is in talks to star as the titular character—Academy Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix.
According to Variety, Todd Phillips’ first choice for the role was always Joaquin Phoenix, who has reportedly been hesitant about signing on. After thinking it out, Phoenix has accepted the role, according to sources close to the situation. Phoenix hasn’t officially signed on though. Negotiations between him and Warner Bros. have yet to take place, but it seems director Todd Phillips may have just landed his Joker of choice.
The role of the Joker has always been an iconic one. Dating back to Cesar Romero’s interpretation back in the ’60s to Heath Ledger’s Oscar-winning turn in The Dark Knight, the lore of the Clown Prince of Crime has reached legendary levels. This may have been why Phoenix was initially hesitant to take the role; there’s a lot of pressure associated with it.
Joaquin Phoenix is a great actor and should provide some much needed stability. Jared Leto’s Joker wasn’t received warmly by fans. Phoenix accepting the role is a fresh start for the character with exciting new possibilities.
Variety reports this new standalone Joker movie will fall under a different DC umbrella than the one involving the current Justice League heroes, including Jared Leto’s Joker. This should open up the movie’s creative force to explore new Joker storylines that have never been touched upon in his big screen adaptations.
Things are looking promising for the standalone Joker movie even though a few more dominos need to fall before it becomes official.