Variety, who broke the news, says Phillips and Phoenix have an agreement for the actor to play the role, though formal negotiations are not yet underway. However, after a meeting with Phillips, Phoenix is said to have had time to mull the role over and has agreed to sign on. Instead, Warner Bros.is aiming to create a new imprint to tell stories of other characters in the DC canon, separate from any of their existing cinematic universes.More news: How a University of Miami student got $50000 scholarship from Drake
It's also said that Leonardo DiCaprio was courted for the Joker role, but that didn't pan out.
The film, which takes place in the 80's and is pitched as a gritty crime drama, will be the first project in the yet to be named "out of continuity/Elseworlds" banner of DC Films. He was previously among the top picks for the role of Lex Luthor in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice but passed on the offer. Phillips is co-writing the script with Scott Silver. Warner Bros. continues to develop a solo movie for The Joker, Batman and comicdom's greatest villain.More news: The next PS4 update has arrived-here's what in it
He was nearly Doctor Strange, to the point where there were rumors he was going to be announced at SDCC until both parties went other directions. Heath Ledger set a perhaps unsurpassable bar for Joker performances in Christopher Nolan's trilogy, yet Phoenix is bound to have a compelling take on the role.
Phoenix is one of the most talented actors working today and immediately brings a certain amount of intrigue to this wild idea.More news: Netherlands Confirm Former Everton Boss As New Manager