It appears there is movement on Todd Phillips elseworlds Joker film as Joaquin Phoenix is reportedly in talks for the role.

Joaquin Phoenix in talks to play the Joker in the standalone (elseworlds) film - Variety

Phoenix has been Academy Award nominated for Gladiator, Walk The Line, and The Master
No contract yet, but “after thinking it over, Phoenix has agreed to the role.”
The Wrap’s Umberto Gonzalez on Twitter - Phillips met with Leonardo DiCaprio several times about the role
Todd Phillips to direct (Road Trip, Old School, The Hangover Trilogy, War Dogs)
Phillips and Scott Silver (8 Mile, The Fighter, The Finest Hours) co-writing
No mention of Martin Scorsese
The film “will delve into what it took for the Joker to become a mastermind criminal. Sources say the story will take place in the ’80s and have more of the look of a gritty crime drama than comic-book movie.”

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