It’s already been established that Matt Reeves’ The Batman will be a standalone trilogy away from the DCEU, with some even suggesting that the studio is setting up a multiverse. It’s doubtful that Joaquin Phoenix would appear or cameo in some of the other DC films outside of Todd Phillips’ Joker film. But perhaps there is room for one more Clown Prince of Crime. Perhaps Jim Carrey could be that alternate actor.
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Forget that Riddler performance in the infamous Batman Forever. The above image from Anarchy Graphics stands as proof that the popular ’90s comedian certainly has the look (that eery grin) and physique (tall and lean) to pull it off. Plus, he has more than proven his acting abilities over the years in more serious films like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Number 23, and Dark Crimes.
Of course, predicting whether or not the casting would work is difficult. Jared Leto is an exceptional actor, but his version of Mr. J is atrocious. It probably all depends on the material he is handed to work with. And Phoenix has managed to get a great script.
That said, Carrey is known for being goofy too. And some might argue that he is far too goofy to play such an iconic psychopathic villain. Hence, he would probably appear more like Jack Nicholson’s Joker than Jared Leto’s.
In fact, the actor has openly spoken out against playing violent characters. He disapproved of Kick-Ass 2, wherein he plays Colonel Stars and Stripes, and decided to sit out on most of the film’s promotion.
Ultimately, he is able to do “crazy” very well, but not “violent crazy” so much. Which is unfortunate really, because he sure does fit the requirements and it would have been great to see him opposite Robert Pattinson in the role.
Todd Philips Joker film starring Joaquin Phoenix is set to hit theatres October 4, 2019.