Joaquin Phoenix in talks to play The Joker in DC origin movie

Actor Joaquin Phoenix poses during the premiere of the film

Academy Award victor Jared Leto, who played the Joker in 2016's Suicide Squad and will reprise the role in a sequel and a spinoff alongside Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn, was reportedly upset with Warner Bros. for seeking out other Jokers.

According to Variety, Joaquin Phoenix is in talks to play Joker in Warner Bros. and Todd Phillips' untitled Joker origin standalone movie.

That's right, Joaquin Phoenix - from such acclaimed films as "Her" and "The Master;" who is known for ignoring studio blockbusters; who pretended to retire from acting for a film that followed his fake retirement from acting -might be donning the pale face and green hair of Batman's most famous enemy.

But now you can consider us slightly more on board with Phillips' Joker idea given who is in talks to take on the role of the Clown Prince of Crime. One report last fall claimed the actor was perturbed when Warner Bros. began shopping for a new actor for the role.

Deputy killed, officers wounded in Colorado Springs shooting
She says it's hard to believe this news is even real as she was just with Deputy Flick for the Super Bowl the night before. On Dec. 31, Douglas County Sheriff's in a shooting at the Copper Canyon Apartments in Highlands Ranch.

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.

It will be more like a "gritty crime drama" than a traditional comic book movie. The 43-year-old, multiple Oscar-winning actor would be a big get after the rumored first choice of Leonardo DiCaprio didn't come to pass.

Todd Phillips (The Hangover, War Dogs) is directing and co-writing the script with Scott Silver (8 Mile, The Fighter). The actor was also eyed by Disney-Marvel to play the titular hero in Doctor Strange, but passed due to the lengthy picture requirement such a contract would carry. Two different film Jokers is only a small step beyond that, and Phoenix would no doubt provide his own unique but twisted interpretation to go into a pantheon that already includes showstopping performances by Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger.

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