It’s a known fact the Wonder Woman film is perhaps the only critically acclaimed DCEU film to be released by DC and Warner Bros. However it is safe to say that they are really messing with us as a fanbase, and the DCEU entirely. We can’t tell if they are truly trying to compete with Marvel’s highly successful MCU films and television shows, or if they are just going their own direction and butchering DC heroes and villains for us all. Sure, they have said that they want to create another line of films (parallel to the DCEU) and television shows with different actors portraying the titular DC heroes and villains; however so far, they are just failing. And miserably at that. I really can’t stress that enough.
Towards the end of the year of 2017 it was announced that there are going to be a few Harley Quinn spinoffs (with Margot Robbie reprising her portrayal thank God); Jared Leto is at least reprising his portrayal as The Joker in the Suicide Squad sequel and the Joker-Harley Quinn solo film. However we also found out that there will be a solo Joker film as well with Leto not coming back to reprise the role. The Joker solo film will be directed by Todd Phillips produced by Martin Scorsese (so hopefully it will be kick ass); it will take place in a dark, gritty Gotham City in the early 80’s. So it’s hinted that we might get a live action portrayal of the Joker’s origins.
Joaquin Phoenix, who is widely known for his roles in Her and Walk The Line, has agreed to take on the role; however negotiations have not been initiated with Warner Bros. and DC. For those that aren’t familiar with Phoenix’s notoriety of turning down roles in super hero films, he turned down the option of playing Bruce Banner/Hulk for 2012’s Marvel’s The Avengers and even the role of Doctor Strange as well; he also turned down the option of playing as Lex Luthor in DC’s Batman v. Superman film. So, according to his track record, this deal might not go through either. It’s also worth to note that Scorsese wants Phoenix to play as The Joker in his film, but it’s not a done deal yet until the negotiations start and the papers are signed.