News about the upcoming DC slate is slowly starting to creep out. Today, Variety reported that Joaquin Phoenix is in talks to play the Clown Price of Crime in Todd Phillips’ stand-alone Joker film!
Jared Leto would still be the Joker in the current DC Universe and Phoenix would just be the Joker in the stand-alone. Leto is expected to return in ‘Suicide Squad 2’
Leonardo DiCaprio was originally approached for the role but ultimately passed. Phillips met with Phoenix last year and now is waiting to hear the confirmation.
The Joker will reportedly be set in the 80s and will feature a gritty comic book type environment.
The film will be directed by Todd Phillips and written by Phillips and Scott Silver. No word yet on a released date.