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

Joker Joaquin Phoenix

Joker Joaquin Phoenix

Todd Phillips (The Hangover, War Dogs) is directing and co-writing the script with Scott Silver (8 Mile, The Fighter).

Though Warner Bros. had no comment regarding the casting rumours, sources revealed that Phillips met with Phoenix late a year ago and is waiting for the studio make a decision on who would follow Jared Leto as the modern-day Joker.

Joaquin Phoenix is reportedly in talks to play the lead in an upcoming Joker origin movie, being written and directed by Todd Phillips. They report that formal negotiations with the studio aren't yet underway, but that he is definitely on the top of the director's list.

The film is set to fall under a new yet-to-be-announced banner under DC Comics, in which the studio plans to expand on the characters' stories outside of the current cinematic universe.

The Joker movie doesn't have a title and is part of the ever-swirling lineup of DC movies in some stage of development at Warner Bros.

That makes Phoenix the latest talented actor to play the Dark Knight's arch-nemesis, who was introduced in 1940 and is one of the first supervillains. The story is rumored to take place in the '80s and have more of the look of a gritty crime drama than comic-book movie.

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.

The three-time Oscar nominee was offered the role of DC villain Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman, and was in talks to playDoctor Strangefor Marvel.

Phoenix is one of the most talented actors working today and immediately brings a certain amount of intrigue to this wild idea.

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