Rumored: Johnny Depp “In Talks” to Play Joker in the New Batman Movie. Director and Producer Matt Reeves is currently working on The Batman, which is said to focus on the formative years of Bruce Wayne becoming Batman and hero of Gotham. Recently, rumors began spreading that Warner Bros and DC were “in talks” with actor Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean) to play the most iconic villain in superhero history, The Joker.
Kevin Smith shared the rumor stating, “There’s a big rumor going around that says they’ve been talking to Johnny Depp about possibly playing The Joker in Matt Reeves, The Batman movie. Now, this is the first anyone’s even heard about there being a possibility of a Joker in The Batman movie on the heals of the Joker which won Oscars and made over a billion dollars and [Joaquin Phoenix] just locked that part down. But it looks like, you know, now this is [an] Oscar bait part. Who the fk wouldn’t want to play The Joker? Heath Ledger won an Oscar, Joaquin Phoenix won an Oscar, and of all the actors out there that could possibly roll the dice on the joker, Johnny Depp? Actually kinda fking perfect.”
The rumor has NOT been confirmed by the film studios, but it does have fans wondering why Joaquin Phoenix is not being considered for the role. One possibility it the established timeline in Joker does not match up with the storyline in Matt Reeves’ version of The Batman, or that Reeves is looking to establish the character for multiple projects and simply wants to create his own casting choices for the roles.
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