JOAQUIN PHOENIX 'Agrees' To Be Newest JOKER in Origin Movie

Joaquin Phoenix The Joker

Fans of the tattooed, grilled Jared Leto version take heart though, as Leto will remain the "mainline" DCU version of the character in the upcoming Suicide Squad sequel and any other movies arising from that world.

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

Nearly a month to the day since the Jim Gordon actor told TooFab at the 7th Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts International Awards that he'd "like to see someone like Joaquin Phoenix play" Batman next, it turns out the actor is in talks to join the Batman cinematic universe. Meanwhile, Matt Reeves ("War for the Planet of the Apes") is still on board to direct a Batman solo movie that is involved in the larger DC extended universe. Todd Phillips has made it clear that Phoenix is the top choice for the role, though studio negotiations are not yet underway.

WB hasn't commented on the reports yet.

The as-yet-untitled film will take place outside the current DC movieverse.

Thinking long-term, this could be the move that finally puts DC ahead of Marvel.

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

It's also said that Leonardo DiCaprio was courted for the Joker role, but that didn't pan out.

Phoenix, for what it's worth, has been approached for comic book roles before.

Phoenix has previously turned down the chance to play Lex Luther in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

He was nearly Doctor Strange, to the point where there were rumors he was going to be announced at SDCC until both parties went other directions. The Joker has been iconically portrayed by many different actors over the years.

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