EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros. Eyeing Joaquin Phoenix For Batman-Superman Villain

Joaquin Phoenix Batman Superman Movie
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Sources suggest role could be for Superman nemesis Lex Luthor

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.

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  1. Tivochick says:

    For the first time since Micheel Rosenbaum, excited about Lex Luther if Joaquin accepts the role. C’mon, you get to work with Amy Adams again.

  2. Johnnie says:

    Stupid of Warner Bros. to hire Joaquin Phoenix to play Wonder Woman.
    Totally lame.

  3. Gino says:

    With Mamoa and Phoenix in the running, the villain is more likely to be Vandal Savage than Lex Luthor

  4. Misha Lauenstein says:

    Maybe he’s playing Billy Hercules.

  5. Geo says:

    Joaquin would be awesome in any role they put him in. If WB signs him then that would be a huge bonus for this movie.

  6. cinelogin says:

    He’s just perfect for Lex Luthor.

  7. Nick says:

    I agree Bryan Cranston as Lex is a No brainer

  8. Ben A. says:

    And still nothing on Bryan Cranston as Lex. Seriously, who wouldn’t want to see Walter White play Superman’s arch-nemesis?

  9. John says:

    Thanks for changing.

  10. John says:

    He has never won an Oscar. Check facts before you write something.

  11. badlands75 says:

    Reblogged this on The Badlands and Everything After and commented:
    OMFG, this would be a great casting move. I bet he has the okay of Ben Affleck since they are practically family. Joaquin has been a misunderstood mega star for some time now. I think everyone was blown away by his portrayal of the evil prince in Gladiator. At first the role seemed to be a lark, but Phoenix’s portrayal just twisted the classic villain role as we sympathized with him to a certain degree because everyone seemed to underestimate Commodus. The veiled threat to his nephew and his sister about buzzing bees still brings chills.

    His intensity will bring a piercing presence to the role that has yet to be seen on screen. Luthor has been sort of a clown in the movies and not in a Joker type of sense. Oh shit!!!!! Could he play the Joker instead? Mind blown if Zack Snyder pulls this off!

  12. Steve says:

    This movie is going to be a steaming pile of set pieces and trying too hard.

  13. Living the Geek Life says:

    Reblogged this on Living the Geek Life and commented:
    Is this our new Lex Luthor????

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