With the news just breaking that Joaquin Phoenix could be playing the next big screen incarnation of the Clown Prince of Crime in the Todd Phillips-directed Joker origin movie from Warner Bros. and DC Films, fans have responded online with a strong and divisive reaction.
Warner Bros. was previously reported to be eyeing Leonardo Dicaprio for the Joker, but the latest report reveals Phoenix is in talks to play the character in the film. The studio has apparently already met with Phoenix for the role and he’s agreed to it.
The film, which will be separate from the current DC Extended universe, will be produced by Martin Scorcese under a new banner in an effort to create new and unique storylines as the studio attempts to expand the canon. The script has been written by Phillips and Scott Silver (8 Mile). Phillips will also produce the film, which has been rumored to feature a darker take on the iconic villain who was tormented over a permanent smile on his face.
You can check out how fans on the internet have reacted below and keep an eye on Heroic Hollywood as more details on this project come out.
Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker is a big yes please
— Chandler Muriel Bing (@Vik_Qwhat) February 8, 2018
Joaquin Phoenix might be the only actor alive today that I trust would bring a transformative performance that could actually rival what Heath Ledger did for the Joker.
I would love to see this happen.
— Henry Hollaway (@LateGreatHenry) February 8, 2018
It's gonna get to the point where so many different people play Joker that it becomes as ridiculous as Batman.
— Preston Bowman (@Prestopia) February 8, 2018
why has willem dafoe never portrayed as the joker
— Shanus (@scapemass) February 8, 2018
I'll take Joaquin Phoenix to play Joker as long as he doesn't try to be Edgy Joker
— 🍒 (@_basketcase__) February 8, 2018
I don't want to see a Joker origin movie. The point of the Joker is we don't know who he is, or what his name is, or why he's so insane.
— Gary Bainbridge (@Gary_Bainbridge) February 8, 2018
Joaquin would make a badass joker.
— Damilola Orimogunje (@DamiOrimz) February 8, 2018
no one asked for a standalone joker film
— . (@Maniklite) February 8, 2018
Has it ever passed though anyones heads that getting Willem dafoe to play 'The Joker' is a better idea then someone that'll go full HAM with the role?
— jjm🎅🎅🎅 (@jonnyjonman) February 8, 2018
So Joaquin Phoenix is eyed for the Joker in Scoresse's Movie. That sounds like a solid choice, I liked him in Buffalo Soldiers.
— 2k18 Handle (@EnergizerConvoy) February 8, 2018
Joaquin Phoenix might be the new Joker on Scorsese’s Joker film. He is such a great actor and can be even better than Jared Leto! Really hyped to see where this goes.
— Gustavo Adolfo P. (@I_AM_GAP_) February 8, 2018
100% here for Commodus playing the Joker.
— Jimmy Brooks (@ikttruth) February 8, 2018
When will we get the Crispen Glover Joker that Earth deserves?
— Adam P. Knave ECCC T1 (@adampknave) February 8, 2018
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While characters like Joker and Catwoman are the most popular among Batman’s rogues gallery, Two-Face is one of the most tragic and menacing. The character has already been played by Tommy Lee Jones and Aaron Eckhart on the big screen, but Two-Face has yet to join the newly-created DC Extended Universe. With The Batman coming out soon, there’s a solid chance audiences will be introduced to Harvey Dent as Matt Reeves expands on Gotham City.
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