While it's been almost two years since Jared Leto made his debut as the Joker in Suicide Squad, fans are still cringing at his disastrous performance.
Luckily, everyone can take a deep sigh of relief as it's been announced a new actor will be playing the Crown Prince of Crime.
According to Variety, none other than Joaquin Phoenix is poised to play the latest incarnation of Batman's most prominent rival in Warner Bros. and Todd Phillip's untitled Joker origins movie.
Sources told the publication Phillips had met with Phoenix prior to the new year, and had only been waiting on the studio's approval.
However, Phoenix's casting will not affect Leto's role in future Suicide Squad sequels, as this is set to only be a standalone movie.
Phillips is set to be the director and co-writer on the film, which is rumored to take place in the 80s, and center around the Joker's rise to power in the criminal underground. Sources add it will have the ambiance of "a gritty crime drama" compared to a traditional superhero movie.
Since the announcement, fans have taken to Twitter to share their reactions on this unforeseen casting.
Some were intrigued.
Look, I’m about to be superhero’d out like the rest of you, but the idea of Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker in a stand-alone film has the potential to be great.— Kip Mooney (@kipjmooney) February 8, 2018
"Joaquin Phoenix" as the #Joker would be awesome... but can he do the voice!!!!!!! the voice is 90% of the joker, what would he sound like?— ✨TDMR Podcast✨ (@TDMRpodcast) February 8, 2018
The Joker is like the new Hamlet, the role every actor wants to play to show they are they best.— Scott Derrickson (@scottderrickson) February 8, 2018
While others were just downright excited.
Joaquin Phoenix to play The Joker in an Origin story is a stroke of Fucking genius— Mark Rush (@Rushie27) February 9, 2018
Jared Leto’s Joker was trash.— Papi Memes 🐝🇩🇴 (@SavinTheBees) February 9, 2018
Joaquin Phoenix should’ve been casted as the Joker way before. Shame it’s just for his origin.
Holy. Fuck. How did I miss the news about Joaquin Phoenix potentially playing the Joker???!!! I. Want. It.— D.A. (@alfaro26_) February 9, 2018
This isn't the first time Phoenix had an opportunity to join a comic book-inspired universe.
Variety reports the Gladiator actor was previously in talks to play Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and for the titular role in Disney-Marvel’s Doctor Strange, but passed on both roles.
With this in mind, we certainly have some high expectations!
Are you excited to see Joaquin Phoenix star as the Joker?