A new film surrounding the origin of famous comic book villain, the Joker, is in the early stages of production with the working title: "The Joker: The Clown of Crime".
Confusingly, it has been reported that he will likely reprise the role in Suicide Squad 2 and the Joker-Harley Quinn movie that is now in development. He's one of Mark Hamill's two most famous, beloved, and long-running characters, he's been played by Oscar victor Jack Nicholson, and Heath Ledger posthumously won an Oscar for playing him.
The film is expected to be set in the 1980s era, detailing how the Joker ended up as one of the most well-known comic book mastermind criminals.
But this isn't the first time the "Her" actress has been considered for roles within the DC Comics family.
Phoenix was considered for the role of Lex Luthor in "Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice". He was asked by Marvel to play the Hulk in The Avengers and was approached again for the titular role of Doctor Strange.
Phoenix has been the top choice to take on other superhero roles before, but has been resistant to joining any major studio blockbuster.
Phillips is on board to co-write and direct the movie. The "War Dogs" producer reportedly approached Phoenix about the role before the new year and he has now made a decision to accept.
It just means that Phoenix will take on the character's role in this particular movie, which will allegedly fall under a new banner of DC Comics that will broaden the studio's opportunities to branch out with side storylines not included in its cinematic universe. He has most recently starred in Lynne Ramsay's You Were Never Really Here, Gus Van Sant's Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot and Garth Davis's Mary Magdalene.