It’s been reported over the past several months that The Joker will be making at least three films appearances in the near future. Jared Leto was rumored to be on board for a Joker/Harley Quinn spin-off as well as the sequel to Suicide Squad. And then there was the Warner Bros. standalone Joker origin story directed by Todd Phillips and executive produced by Martin Scorsese. In September there were whispers that Warner Bros. wanted Leonardo DiCaprio for the role of The Joker. Leo must have passed to focus on breaking in his latest round of models, because Variety is saying that Joaquin Phoenix is “in talks” to play The Joker now.
Negotiations are not yet underway. But sources tell Variety that Joaquin thought about it for a bit, and he agreed to be their Joker. Joaquin was also Todd Phillips’ first choice. So basically Marty was trying to throw his friend Leo a gig, I get it.
Variety’s sources also say that Jared’s Joker and Joaquin’s Joker will have no effect on each other’s characters or their films. They add that this Joker film will be set in the 80s, and will have the look of a gritty crime drama. Joaquin may act like an aloof artsy hipster thespian who thinks he’s too good for mainstream movies, but this Joker film sounds perfect for him. Much like The Joker, his “character” in I’m Still Here was a lunatic who took a joke too far and made everyone around him deeply uncomfortable. And a gritty crime drama set in the 80s? That’s right up his alley. He almost always looks like someone who just slept off a coke crash in a dank alleyway behind a DeLorean dealership.