Move over Jared Leto, Joaquin Phoenix may be DC's next Joker

Fans were left confused past year when it was announced that Martin Scorsese was set to produce a standalone origin film based on the origin of iconic DC comics villain, The Joker, with Todd Phillips of The Hangover fame set to direct. And it may just find a notable leading man in Joaquin Phoenix.

Now Variety is reporting that The Master star Joaquin Phoenix is in talks to play Joker in Phillips' movie. Meanwhile, Matt Reeves ("War for the Planet of the Apes") is still on board to direct a Batman solo movie that is involved in the larger DC extended universe.

Variety reports that the actor was director Todd Phillips' ("The Hangover") first choice and that he has agreed to the role.

Scott Silver-who's best known for his work on 8 Mile and The Fighter-will co-write the film alongside Phillips. Phoenix's last movie role was in Gus Van Sant's Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot, and he will appear in the forthcoming films Mary Magdalene and The Sisters Brothers.

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As noted, the Joker standalone movie will be a part of a yet-to-be-announced new banner of DC Comics movies, "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". Jared Leto most recently played the Joker in "Suicide Squad" and is likely to reprise that role in "Suicide Squad 2", but will not be featured in this film.

Phillips' Joker film is said to "delve into what it took for the Joker to become a mastermind criminal", and take place in the 1980s.

Phoenix has been up for a few villainous DC characters before: he passed on the role of Lex Luthor for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

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