When Warner Bros. Pictures announced that Joaquin Phoenix would be the next actor to take on the role of ‘The Joker’ in a standalone DC installment, it was met with mixed reaction from fans on social-media. Some were excited to see a Golden Globe winner (and three time Oscar nominee) taking on such an iconic role within the DC Universe but some were confused how Phoenix (43) was playing the role in an “origin story”. Things got even more interesting today when several outlets confirmed that Robert De Niro is in talks to join the project.

Despite taking on roles ranging from animation to comedies, De Niro never jumped into the newest Superhero genre craze. If negotiations go well, De Niro could be joining the Joker movie and working under Todd Phillips, which would be a very exciting edition to the cast. According to early reports, De Niro is expected to play the role of a Talk Show host that somehow plays a crucial part in the beginning of the Joker’s identity.

As we mentioned earlier, Todd Phillips is directing the film, working from a script that he co-wrote with Scott Silver. Little is known about the plot of the movie at this time but we should know more about the casting when the film starts production later this fall. The new DC installment will be produced by Emma Tillinger Koskoff and executive produced by Richard Baratta.

Warner Bros. Pictures will most likely give us a vague timeline to set the movie within the current DC installments, and offer a few basic plot details when the film starts production. We will also get a long list of lead and supporting actors, and from that we will probably be able to start putting a few of the missing pieces together.

The new Joker project will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures. The studio stopped short of confirming a release date for the film but we should hear more information about the project over the next few weeks.