The Crown Prince of Crime has come in various incarnations of the big screen.
From Jack Nicholson’s gangster to Heath Ledger’s psychotic terrorist, the Joker is one of cinema’s most iconic comic book villains.
But while Jared Leto’s take ended up only really cameoing in Suicide Squad, it now looks like another actor is about to star in an origins movie.
Produced by Martin Scorsese, the 1980s set movie had Leonardo DiCaprio rumoured for the tile role, but now Phoenix looks set to star.
A leaked document showed Phoenix as interested in the part and now the 43-year-old star of You Were Never Really Here has spoken out on the Joker origin movie.
Speaking with Fandango with a wry smile, he said: “I don’t know… it could be an interesting character, I don’t know.”
“I see it as any other movie. I wouldn’t say… ‘I won’t do Westerns.’ It depends on what it is.
“I don’t really care about the genre, I care about the character and the filmmaker.”
Phoenix continued: “If you have the ability to transcend the genre, then that’s what you want to do. So I wouldn’t say, hands down, no – I wouldn’t do that kind of movie.
“There are things where I’ve flirted with the possibility where there was the potential for this to be… something that’s actually interesting to me.
“But then for whatever reason they never got to that place where everyone else feels the same way. And that’s key.
“Everyone has to want to explore the same thing or else it just doesn’t f***ing work. I’m not opposed to it.”
He added: “I don’t make decisions on budget or things like that – it’s really the filmmaker and the character.”
Deadline reported last year that the spin-off Joker movie “isn’t part of any other iteration,” meaning it will exist apart from the main DC Extended Universe.
The movie will be a “gritty and grounded hard-boiled crime film” set in the 1980s, which sounds like a dark origin story for the Clown Prince of Crime.