Joaquin Phoenix has agreed to play The Joker in upcoming standalone movie

Joaquin Phoenix has agreed to play The Joker in upcoming standalone movie

It's still widely believed that Jared Leto will continue to play the DCEU Joker and that this Joker movie would stand apart and that's no bad thing. Warner Bros had no comment on the news.

Warner Bros. has commissioned Todd Phillips (The Hangover trilogy, Old School) to create a Joker origin movie, which will reportedly by unattached to the continuity of the DC movie universe, including the maligned Suicide Squad franchise.

"Todd Phillips" Joker movie is apparently an origin tale for the iconic charcater.

People weren't necessarily thrilled to hear that the Joker is getting a standalone movie, but fans can rest assured that the supervillain will be played by a talented actor. Variety also reports that after mulling it over, Phoenix has given a verbal agreement.

Phillips is directing and co-writing, reportedly met with Phoenix before the new year and has been waiting for the greenlight from WB.

The role would not be connected with the current DC Extended Universe. Rumors circulated that Leonardo DiCaprio was the first person approached to star in Phillips' standalone film, though that didn't pan out. The story is rumored to take place in the '80s and have more of the look of a gritty crime drama than comic-book movie.

Joaquin Phoenix was also up to play Lex Luthor in Batman vs. Superman and Doctor Strange for Marvel, but passed on those roles. 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.