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Last year, we were getting news that Martin Scorsese was developing a Joker origin movie set outside of the DCEU with Leonardo DiCaprio set to star as the Clown Prince of Crime. It looks like things didn’t push through with DiCaprio as news has it that Joaquin Phoenix is now in talks to star in the film.
According to Variety, the movie’s director Todd Phillips has already met with Phoenix before the new year, and Phoenix had agreed to the role after thinking it over. It’s important to know that this film will have no effect on the DCEU’s current Joker who was played by Jared Leto in Suicide Squad and is being expected to reprise the role in the sequel.
This movie is said to be part of an unannounced banner of DC movies that will be set outside of the shared timeline. This is definitely a balls-y move for DC, counting that Marvel Studios has no movies like this in their lineup. With a bunch of spinoff films coming out that are not connected to the “main” DCEU, this opens up opportunities for one-offs like Superman: Red Son or Batman: Crimson Mist.
Hopefully, this all pans out well for DC. Four movies out, and the DCEU’s only “hit” is Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman from last year. I’m just worried that this new incarnation of the Joker will outshine that of Leto’s performance, and we won’t be able to see Leto’s version of the character go all out in a film. I mean, Suicide Squad did not use his character well at all.
No release date has been announced for Phillips’ Joker film, but hopefully, we’ll get some updates later in the year.