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. While "Suicide Squad" star Jared Leto isn't reprising the role in this particular project, another Academy Award winner is poised to take over.



Joaquin Phoenix is in talks to star in the standalone Joker movie, Variety reports. After meeting with director Todd Phillips, he has reportedly decided he wants the part. That's just as well, because he is said to be the helmer's top choice. Leonardo DiCaprio was previously said to be in consideration.



Fans like the idea of Phoenix as the Joker, if Twitter activity is any indication. Although a lot of people are still wary of the project, news of Phoenix's potential involvement has done a lot to quell their aversion.






























Phillips, along with Scott Silver, is writing the film, and it will explore the Joker's path to becoming the twisted villain that he is. It will be set in the '80s, according to Variety's sources. What's unclear to us is how much of an origin story this will be given Phoenix's age. Apparently, we'll have to wait and see. So far, the film does not yet have a release date.