Variety has delivered this scoop that actor Joaquin Phoenix is in “talks” to play The Clown of Prince in Todd Philips’ standalone film. I’ve been saying for years (actually since it was confirmed that The Joker was going to be in The Dark Knight) that Phoenix would be a perfect choice for the role. Here is my really bad, please don’t ever show this again, rendering of what the actor could look like as The Joker:
Horrible, but still fridge-worthy. Here’s the excerpt:
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.
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.
Scott Silver will join Phillips as a co-writer on the film, which will delve into what it took for the Joker to become a mastermind criminal. 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.