Well, this is interesting. And disturbing too. According to Variety (the outlet which has gotten a lot of scoops about this film), Joaquin Phoenix is very close to signing on to a role in Batman Vs. Superman. The same Batman Vs. Superman with Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot (as Wonder Woman) and possibly Jason Momoa too. It’s interesting because Joaquin would probably be scene-chewingly evil and incredible as a comic book villain, bringing depth and pathos to whatever character they gave him (much like Heath Ledger’s Joker). It’s disturbing because I feel like director Zack Snyder is just throwing everything but the kitchen sink into this mess. Ugh.
After already reaping notice for his performance in “Her,” Joaquin Phoenix could be working with Warner Bros. again on the studio’s biggest property.
Sources tell Variety that the studio wants the Oscar-nominated actor for a role in the upcoming untitled Batman-Superman pic. However, it’s very early in the process and even if Warners offers Phoenix a role, it’s not clear he would accept as the actor has steered clear of big-budget pics in the past few years, leaning towards movies with a more prestige feel.
Phoenix is also weighing an offer on the Gus Van Sant pic “Sea of Trees” and is believed to still be considering that offer as well. WB and the actor’s reps had no comment.
Though sources couldn’t confirm what the role is, it’s believed to be for the main antagonist, which is likely to be Lex Luthor. Names like Jason Momoa and Callan Mulvey have been linked to the film but even if those actors are cast, sources are saying that they wouldn’t play the main villain, and that Warners has always wanted someone who would be a slam dunk in the role.
The pic, which opens July 17, 2015, stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck and Amy Adams with Zack Snyder returning as director.
Phoenix, who is repped by WME, stars in “Her” which bows Wednesday.
Remember back in the 1990s when Joaquin was an indie darling doing small, important, interesting films? And then remember how he signed on to Ridley Scott’s Gladiator (and got his first Oscar nomination)? My point is that Joaquin doesn’t really have a problem working on big studio projects, but he’ll probably only sign on to something huge if A) the part is crazy-good or B) he really wants to work with certain people. I doubt Joaquin is just dying to work with Henry Cavill or Gal Gadot or Zack Snyder for that matter, but if they offer him Lex Luthor and really make Luthor an amazing villain, I could see how he might do it.
… And now I’m worried about who Jason Momoa might be playing. He was rumored to be in talks to play Doomsday, an “intergalactic killing machine” so… would they have Doomsday AND Luthor?
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