De Niro would portray a smug talk-show host who would be instrumental in the clown prince of crime’s descent into madness. Reportedly, the thespian (who, like Phoenix, has avoided capes and cowls over the years) was drawn to the script, and Phillip’s pitch that the film would resemble an 80s mob drama.
Joker, despite fan trepidation, is building quite the cast. The potential, then, is outstanding. But the shadow of Christopher Nolan and Heath Ledger’s interpretation still looms large. The film is due to begin shooting later this year.
Source: Hollywood Reporter