Todd Philips, who directed all three movies in "The Hangover" trilogy, is on board to direct. Philips also helmed films like "Road Trip" and "Old School", suggesting the as-yet-unnamed Joker movie will have a comedic bent.
News is beginning to circulate stating that Todd Phillips has targeted who he hopes to take on the role of the Clown Prince of Crime. While "Suicide Squad" star Jared Leto isn't reprising the role in this particular project, another Academy Award victor is poised to take over. Jared Leto's Joker will appear in any DCEU films, including Suicide Squad 2, should the character make an appearance in the film.
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It's further said that after thinking it over, Joaquin Phoenix has agreed to play the Joker role.
The Joker has been played by a number of top actors, most notably Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger.
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Leonardio DiCaprio was reportedly considered for the role before Phillips approached Phoenix. Initial reports indicated that Phillips movie would be executive produced by Martin Scorsese.
That makes the entire concept of a Joker origin film a bit easier to swallow, and since Batman's most famous and enduring nemesis has had perhaps the widest variety of takes of any superhero comic book character ever, it's not hard to see how it could work. The Joker has been iconically portrayed by many different actors over the years. Instead, Warner Bros.is aiming to create a new imprint to tell stories of other characters in the DC canon, separate from any of their existing cinematic universes. If Phillips is able to ultimately nab Phoenix for the role, this would be his first comic book movie bout, as Phoenix previously turned down the roles of Lex Luthor for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Marvel Studios' Doctor Strange.
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