For a while, there’s been news that Warner Bros. is developing a Joker standalone film regarding the origin story of the Clown Prince of Crime, helmed by Todd Phillips with Martin Scorcesse having a form of involvement.
According to Variety, Joaquin Phoenix was the director’s first choice to play the part and after approaching him before New Year’s along with giving him time to think it over, Phoenix has agreed to the role. However, when reached for comment, Warner didn’t respond.
Interestingly enough, Leonardo DiCaprio was considered to play the part, but according to Variety, those negotiations didn’t pan out.
This isn’t the first time that Phoenix has been offered a role in a comic-book based film, as he was offered the role of Lex Luthor in Batman V Superman and a role in Doctor Strange, but passed on both of them.
On another note, is important to clarify that this standalone will fall under DC’s new banner, which will consist of films that won’t be part of their main universe and will allow them to expand the canon we know, but not interfering with anything pre-established. This means that Jared Leto’s Joker -whom we saw in Suicide Squad– will remain in the main DCEU, as he is reported to reprise his role in Suicide Squad 2, and both Jokers won’t have any relation to one another.
Written by Todd Phillips and co-written by Scott Silver, the film will delve into what it took for the Joker to become the mastermind criminal he is. Variety reports that the story will take place in the ’80s and have the look of a gritty crime drama.
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