Rumors claim that the "You Were Never Here" actor will be playing Joker in the DC villain's origin movie. The movie is set to be produced as a stand-alone film by Todd Phillips for entertainment company Warner Bros. Suddenly, DC Comics' recent announcement that the Joker's real name, long left deliberately unknown, is Jack Napier (a callback to the 1989 Tim Burton Batman movie) makes a lot more sense from a synergy perspective.
According to Variety, Phillips seems pretty firm on Phoenix as the top choice to star and sources have even confirmed that Phoenix is on board. Warner Bros. continues to develop a solo movie for The Joker, Batman and comicdom's greatest villain.
In addition to directing, Phillips will help write the script while film icon, Martin Scorsese, will serve as producer for the gritty film that will follow the character's life in Gotham City and his road to becoming the infamous supervillain. And one that looks poised to star Joaquin Phoenix, one of the most enigmatic but fascinating character actors working today. He was asked by Marvel to play the Hulk in The Avengers and was approached again for the titular role of Doctor Strange.
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"The movie would fall under a yet-to-be-announced new banner of DC Comics", Says Variety, "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". That being said, Phoenix as the Joker will only go forward if the upper echelons at the studio close out a deal. The Room director and The Disaster Artist subject Tommy Wiseau asked Phillips to DM him on Twitter yesterday evening regarding the role.
Phoenix was apparently indecisive about the project at the start. He was most recently seen in the Gus Van Sant film "He Won't Get Far on Foot".