Joaquin Phoenix Eyed for Joker Stand-Alone Movie

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The potential Joaquin movie would have nothing to do with the DC universe Joker film that is also now in the works starring Jared Leto, after he played the villain in the 2016 film Suicide Squad.

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. Initial reports indicated that Phillips movie would be executive produced by Martin Scorsese.

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. I like to think it's not a big deal anymore, but I'll never forget sitting in a screening of Batman Begins and having a guy next to me say after the Joker's card was revealed: "and that leads into the Burton movie".

Suicide Squad 2 is expected to see Jared Leto reprise his role as The Joker in a role completely disconnected from this movie. According to Variety's sources, the story will take place in the "80s and be less comic-movie and more "gritty crime drama". The 43-year-old Her actor would be joining the character's origin movie at DC helmed by Hangover creator Tod Phillips who will also help write the screenplay.

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Of all the Caped Crusader's enemies through the years, the Joker is by far the most well-known.

Phoenix has been nominated for two Best Actor Oscars for his work in 2013's The Master and 2006's Walk the Line.

He passed on playing Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (which went to Jesse Eisenberg) and on starring in Disney-Marvel's Doctor Strange.

The Joker origin movie would be the first movie under a new DC film series that focuses on solo projects rather than an interconnected universe.