De Niro would reportedly star in the Joker (Phoenix) origin story as a talk show host who is instrumental in the iconic villain's descent into madness. We must caution that he's only in talks, though, it sounds like there's a good chance his deal will make. There's a good chance that his relationship with Martin Scorsese, with the duo having worked together previously on movies like Raging Bull and Taxi Driver, as well as the upcoming The Irishman for Netflix, helped make his casting in the Joker movie a possibility. Todd Phillips is directing and co-wrote the backstory tale of Batman's archnemesis, which is described as a gritty character study but also a broader cautionary tale of a man disregarded by society who becomes the ultimate supervillain.
Officially announced at the beginning of July and set for October 4, 2019, the film will feature Phoenix taking on a darker, more sinister depiction of the green-haired DC villain. We recently reported that Zazie Beetz (Deadpool 2) is in talks for the movie as well. In any event, it's clear that Warner Bros.is going for some serious talent. Plot details are now being kept under wraps, but the film is set to take place in Gotham in the early '80s and De Niro would be playing a talk show host who is instrumental to the infamous villain's origin.
Insiders stress that Jared Leto, who starred in "Suicide Squad" as the Joker, is still on board as the character in the DC Universe and that this Phoenix pic has no effect on what happens with Leto's character in future DC films. He will star in and exec produce a standalone Joker movie of his own.
Now, you may be able to put one more feather in the film's cap.