Joaquin Phoenix In Talks To Play The Joker In Standalone Film

There's Going To Be Two Jokers On Film?

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According to VARIETY, Joaquin Phoenix is in talks to play The Joker in director Todd Phillip’s untitled Joker origin film.

The trade reports that “Phillips has made it clear that Phoenix is the top choice to star and sources now tell VARIETY that, after thinking it over, Phoenix has agreed to the role.”

This “Joker origin film” will be released under Warner’s new — and yet to be titled — DC on film banner that will feature movies that are not part of the DC cinematic universe and are not cannon.  Apparently, Jared Leto will continue to play the DC cinematic universe version of The Joker and will reprise his role in the sequel to SUICIDE SQUAD.

This Joker movie is supposed to be set in the 1980s and be more of a gritty crime drama, rather than a traditional comic book movie.

Click on the link provided above for the full story.  Now, my take on this…

Frankly, I wish ALL of WB’s DC films were like this — totally their own thing, non-canon, and didn’t have to adhere to continuity and the events of other films.  I know Warner Bros. has said that they are kinda-sorta doing that with their DC films that are canon post-JUSTICE LEAGUE, but “in the same universe in name only” is not enough — especially after their attend to establish a shared DC cinematic universe was pretty much a disaster.  ANYWAY…

I must say that this project does intrigue me — though I’d argue that The Joker works best when the audience knows nothing about him other than that he’s “The Joker.”  And I got to wonder, if this non-canon Joker exists, a non-canon Batman’s gotta exist too, right?  And if so, is — or will it be — Matt Reeves’ Batman?  Or, is Reeves’ Batman going to be it’s own thing altogether just like this Joker?

What do you make of this?  Post your thoughts in the comments section below? – Bill “Jett” Ramey

 

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A life-long Batman fan, Bill "Jett" Ramey is the founder of BATMAN ON FILM. His passions include Dallas Cowboys football (fan since birth/season ticket holder since 2000), Elvis Presley, Rock music, cold beer, dive bars, the city of Austin, his summer house in Minnesota, the University of Texas Longhorns and...THE BATMAN! He resides in the great state of Texas with his lovely wife, "Announcer Rachel," his youngest son, and 1.5 Boston Terriers.