ICYMI: And the Next Eccentric Actor Who Will Be Playing The Joker Is...
sure you remember hearing about that Joker origin movie from Warner
Bros. with the seeming odd choice of Hangover directorTodd Phillips set to direct and rumors ofMartin Scorsese producing to give it a Taxi
Driver feel. 8 Mile and The Fighterscreenwriter Scott Silver has also been set for
sometime to co-write the script with Phillips. While it is
confirmed that Jared Leto will continue to play
the role in other DCEU films, it is now confirmed that, for the
standalone origin movie, Joaquin Phoenix will
throw on the clown make-up as Gotham’s clown-prince of
In the past, rumors were that Leonardo DiCaprio would play the role, but since he is quite busy, it’s understandable that he would bow out. The choice of Phoenix connects it better to DC anyhow, since he was previously considered to play Lex Luthor inBatman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice but ultimately passed on the role, thus giving it to Jesse Eisenberg. While the DCEU has failed to connect with a majority of fans, this might be just the boost the franchise needsm like it got with the all around success of last summer’s Wonder Woman.
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- Kevin Donaldson, YH Contributing Writer