Joaquin Phoenix To Play Joker

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One is from Crazy Stupid Love's Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, who are crafting a "criminal love story" focused around the relationship between Jared Leto's Joker and Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad.

Joaquin Phoenix is an American actor, producer, music video director, musician, and activist.

"Todd Phillips" Joker movie is apparently an origin tale for the iconic charcater. Todd Phillips has made it clear that Phoenix is the top choice for the role, though studio negotiations are not yet underway.

As well, DC is already conditioning even casual fans to accept that there can be more than one version of the same character between TV and movies, as it's done with Barry Allen/The Flash. WB has yet to comment.

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The studio announced their plans to launch a separate, standalone universe in August, offering filmmakers the opportunity to make films based on DC Comics that weren't tethered to the shared DC Cinematic Universe, home to films like Wonder Woman and Justice League.

The role would not be connected with the current DC Extended Universe. Reports indicate that this film will take place in the "80s and see feel more akin to a gritty gangster/crime drama than a typical comic book movie".

Leonardo DiCaprio was said to be the first actor Phillips reached out to back in September, though that was always a hail mary.

This is a case of third time's the charm for Phoenix who has turned down two previous comic book roles in the past. He was also in talks for Disney-Marvel's "Doctor Strange", but passed on that as well. The Joker has been iconically portrayed by many different actors over the years.

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