Joaquin Phoenix in Early 'Batman vs. Superman' Talks as Lex Luthor?
We already know that Jason Momoa is in the running for some sort of villain/hero role in the gestating comic book sequel Batman vs. Superman, the follow-up to this year's Man of Steel from director Zack Snyder, but now we have word on a potential talent being lined up for the film's primary villain. Variety has word that Warner Bros. wants to get their Her leading man Joaquin Phoenix for a role in the film, but it's still very early in the process, so it's far from a done deal. The actor has strayed away from blockbusters and is currently considering a role in Sea of Trees, the next film from Good Will Hunting director Gus Van Sant.
The question is, who is this primary villain? The smart money is on Lex Luthor, and it's not hard to envision Phoenix knocking that role out of the park after playing the dastardly emperor in Gladiator, undoubtedly the biggest film he's ever done. It would certainly add some weight and gravitas to the comic book film that seems to be on rocky waters with a crowded cast that will include Ben Affleck as Batman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, with some other roles (like The Flash) left to be filled. Remember that Callan Mulvey (300: Rise of the Empire) is still being lined up for a villain role, but apparently that's not the primary antagonist. We hope that Phoenix will decide to enter the blockbuster world and really turn some heads.
UPDATE: THR reports Warner Bros. is bringing in Chris Terrio, screenwriter of Argo, to do a rewrite on Batman vs. Superman. So we have an Academy Award winning writer working on this movie. Cool?