Robert De Niro May Be Joining Joaquin Phoenix in The Joker Origin Movie

Mere days after the confirmation that yes, Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix will indeed be starring as The Joker in an origin movie, we've got a bit more casting news.

Robert De Niro in 2017
Robert De Niro at the We Stand United Rally on on January 19, 2017, in New York City. Credit: JStone /

The Hollywood Reporter says that Robert De Niro has entered into talks to join the film, possibly as "a talk show host" who has some influence on The Joker's origin. This would be the multi-Oscar-winning De Niro's first foray into the superhero gene.

The Joker origin film is being developed by director Todd Phillips from a co-written script with Scott Silver that will reportedly be taking place in 1980s-era Gotham.

While other details are scarce, we do know that Phoenix has called this particular take on the Batman villain "a character study" and one that he's excited to be tackling.

We'll of course let you know if/when the word on De Niro is official; it sure would be interesting to see him go toe-to-toe with Phoenix's Clown Prince of Crime.

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Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool. 

Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 

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