Last August, we speculated as to who should play the new Joker. In case you hadn't heard, Batman's nemesis is getting a standalone origin story separate from the DC Extended Universe – meaning Suicide Squad's Jared Leto isn't reprising the part.
The film is to be set in the 1980s, produced by Goodfellas cinema icon Martin Scorsese and directed by The Hangover's Todd Phillips. And it seems we've found the man ready to daub himself in the Joker's war paint – in the form of Joaquin Phoenix.
Phoenix has been celebrated for his Oscar nominated roles in Gladiator and Walk the Line, not to mention his collaborations with Paul Thomas Anderson in The Master and Inherent Vice.
Variety reports that Phoenix is currently "in talks" for the role, although official negotiations are yet to begin. They do, however, report that Phoenix has always been Phillips' top choice for the role, although studio Warner Bros. has declined to comment.
Until now, the hot favourite was The Revenant Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio. Interestingly, Phoenix has in the past turned down the roles of Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the title role in Doctor Strange.
"I’ve flirted with several of those films, having meetings and getting close, but ultimately it never felt like they’d really be fulfilling," Phoenix told Time Out in 2015. "There were too many requirements that went against my instincts for character. I’ve been spoiled. I’ve never had to make those compromises. I’ve not met a director yet with one of those films where we go through the script, they say: 'You know what, fuck this set-piece, let’s focus on the character!' I understand, but it’s best I don’t do it."
What do you make of this news? Let us know @Cineworld and reacquaint yourself with one of Phoenix's finest moments below, as singer Johnny Cash in the aforementioned Walk the Line.