Joaquin Phoenix Eyed for Joker Stand-Alone Movie

Joaquin Phoenix Eyed for Joker Stand-Alone Movie

Joaquin Phoenix Eyed for Joker Stand-Alone Movie

Actor Joaquin Phoenix, who won the award for Best Actor for his part in the movie "You Were Never Really Here", attends the Palme D'Or victor photocall during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 28, 2017 in Cannes, France.

Joaquin Phoenix is reportedly eyeing the role of the Joker in a new 80s-set origins tale from The Hangover director Todd Phillips. And according to a recent report by Variety, you can add Joaquin Phoenix to that list.

The film will explore the character's time in Gotham as he becomes a supervillain.

This film is framed as part of an unnamed new banner within Warner Bros' DC Films division that are out-of-continuity with its primary DC Extended Universe stories - such as Justice League or, in this case, Suicide Squad.

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In case you forgot, there are now two competing stand-alone Joker movies in the works.

Phillips is on board to co-write and direct the movie. 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. The 43-year-old, multiple Oscar-winning actor would be a big get after the rumored first choice of Leonardo DiCaprio didn't come to pass.

Phoenix is one of the most talented actors working today and immediately brings a certain amount of intrigue to this wild idea. In fairness, the Joker has obviously earned other great performers a trophy nod (Jack Nicholson snagged a Golden Globe nomination for Tim Burton's Batman), and even a posthumous Supporting Actor win (Heath Ledger for Chris Nolan's The Dark Knight). Warner Bros. continues to develop a solo movie for The Joker, Batman and comicdom's greatest villain.

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