While promoting his latest film, Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot, actor Joaquin Phoenix was asked about reports stating he was in talks to portray the Clown Prince of Crime in Warner Bros. and DC's The Joker origin film. Rather than opting to not comment, the actor seemed to play coy, acting as though he had no idea what project the interviewer was referring to.
It was previously revealed that Phoenix was in talks to play the Joker in an origin film from Warner Bros. The film, supposedly set in 1989, is expected to be separate from the DC Extended Universe where Jared Leto currently portrays the character. At the time of the initial report it appeared as though the casting was all but locked despite negotiations not having begun, as Phoenix and director Todd Phillips were said to just be waiting on a greenlight from the studio. So, the fact that the actor responded to an interviewer's question about the project as though he had no idea what she was referring to? It's sure to raise some eyebrows.
"What movie about a Joker?" Phoenix said in an interview with Allocine. "I have no idea what you're talking about."
Of course, things can change, and as we've seen before with Phoenix walking away from Marvel's Doctor Strange, until the actor officially signs on for the project it's important to remember nothing is set in stone.
The still-untitled Joker film is expected to take on more of a gritty crime drama feel rather than that of a comic book movie. While details are scarce at the moment, Phillips' script is rumored to delve into the Joker's past and what it took for him to become a mastermind criminal.
The Joker movie is expected to be the first project under a new banner that will house a range of DC properties outside of the DC Extended Universe, with different actors playing iconic roles. As of right now, the project does not have a release date.