Joaquin Phoenix Wanted For Main Villain (Lex Luthor?) Role In BATMAN VS SUPERMAN

Joaquin Phoenix Wanted For Main Villain (Lex Luthor?) Role In BATMAN VS SUPERMAN

The latest high-profile name linked to the Man of Steel sequel is three-time Academy Award-nominated actor Joaquin Phoenix, who's being considered for the main villain. Check it out after the jump!

The list of actors who're supposedly being sought out for villain roles in the Man of Steel sequel, Batman Vs. Superman, is growing. However, Variety now reports that three-time Academy Award-nominated actor Joaquin Phoenix is being eyed for the main villain of the Zack Snyder-directed film. But as the Hollywood source notes, "it’s very early in the process" and very possible that Phoenix, who's lately receiving buzz for his role in Warner Bros. & Spike Jonze's Her film, would decline the studio's offer given he's expressed not being too keen on starring in big-budget movies.

The Gladiator actor reportedly turned down The Joker role in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight which evidently went to the late great Heath Ledger. Phoenix was also supposedly on the shortlist for Bruce Banner/the Hulk in Marvel's The Avengers before Mark Ruffalo replaced Edward Norton.

Should Joaquin Phoenix accept the pending offer, he's likely to portray none other than Lex Luther, who's being considered the main antagonist. Actors Callan Mulvey and Jason Momoa have, too, been eyed for villain roles recently, but "sources are saying that they wouldn’t play the main villain," according to Variety. "Warners has always wanted someone who would be a slam dunk in the role." Anyhow, Joaquin Phoenix, 39, could be joining Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, and Laurence Fishburne. And Batman Vs. Superman (working title) is directed by Zack Snyder and scheduled to release in theaters on July 17, 2015! What do you think?

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WolvieCBM - 12/18/2013, 12:12 PM
Yes, please.

ALegendaryPanda - 12/18/2013, 12:17 PM
Oh......OH!!! Holy shit!
jerryblake - 12/18/2013, 12:18 PM
what ?! Joaquin ? Bring it !
This would be like my third reason to watch this movie.
(besides new batmobil and new batsuit)
Nick56 - 12/18/2013, 12:19 PM
he'd be great in the role but i doubt he'll accept the part
jerryblake - 12/18/2013, 12:25 PM
ok ... fourth reason. I wonder who's gonna play new Alfred. Is Jackie Earle Haley available ?
knocturnalzen10 - 12/18/2013, 12:25 PM
pheonix could do somethings but still really reserved about this flim, don't like all the characters smothering clark
knocturnalzen10 - 12/18/2013, 12:26 PM
fyi freshman great find if true
DelTorite - 12/18/2013, 12:27 PM
Brilliant actor and inspired choice

Lex Vs. Jor-El
DraculaX - 12/18/2013, 12:27 PM
Ohhh, nice choice. But I think he'll accept the part if Affleck writes the script. I mean would Phoenix be involved if Goyer is just writing it on his own?
DukeAcureds - 12/18/2013, 12:28 PM
He'd be okay. Idris Elba would've been better.
Gnyah123 - 12/18/2013, 12:30 PM
that jason dude would of been a good lex
MexicanSexyman - 12/18/2013, 12:30 PM
Yes, frick yea. Joaquin Phoenix and Daniel Day-Lewis were my top choices for Lex Luther.
DraculaX - 12/18/2013, 12:34 PM
Heck, Ben Affleck said he would never be a superhero again, and now he's our Batman.
Nomis - 12/18/2013, 12:35 PM
That would be shweet!
TheRationalNerd - 12/18/2013, 12:41 PM
JoJo1982 - 12/18/2013, 12:42 PM
If you haven't seen his performance in Gladiator then you can't tell me he will be a perfect Led Luthor
knocturnalzen10 - 12/18/2013, 12:42 PM

take the wilson shit down , they're out in the nfc championship
JoJo1982 - 12/18/2013, 12:42 PM
TheRationalNerd - 12/18/2013, 12:43 PM

Agreed but I really want to see Elba play Green Lantern. However knowing that most of the cast is a bit young besides Affleck I wouldn't mind seeing a younger John Stewart in the mix.
thescarletspeedzter - 12/18/2013, 12:45 PM
The Joker or Lex
JasonBlue - 12/18/2013, 12:45 PM
He's definitely going to turn it down.
jerryblake - 12/18/2013, 12:47 PM
i would love to see Phoenix as older Joker
TheRationalNerd - 12/18/2013, 12:47 PM
WingDingaLing - 12/18/2013, 12:48 PM
sups92 - 12/18/2013, 12:48 PM
I would be fine with that.
JatevinM - 12/18/2013, 12:49 PM
I can definitely get behind this
BigMikeReviews - 12/18/2013, 12:50 PM
superbigguy32 - 12/18/2013, 12:51 PM
Not my choice for Lex (if that's who he's gonna play) but I'm cool with it. He's a terrific actor.
JerBear - 12/18/2013, 12:51 PM
This has been my choice for Lex for a while now!!!
JasonBlue - 12/18/2013, 12:52 PM
Enough with the serious actors man... get some loveable actors... Phoenix is such a bore
Prime - 12/18/2013, 12:52 PM
Ok...but it might not happen.
jerryblake - 12/18/2013, 12:54 PM

I'm not sure either. Last time i caught @Pink in my bad i had to call the police ;)
Prime - 12/18/2013, 12:56 PM
@ beto what do you mean?
superbigguy32 - 12/18/2013, 12:56 PM
Mark Paul Gosselaar for The Flash
RetroFit - 12/18/2013, 12:56 PM
Huh? What? I don't see him as Lex at all. And I mean AT ALL! He has a commanding on-screen presence due to the crazy energy conveyed by his eyes, but he has a wimpy little girl voice. And for all the people using 'Gladiator' to back this up as him being a good choice, never in his career has his wimpy girl voice been more prominently on display than in 'Gladiator'.
siggisuperman - 12/18/2013, 12:56 PM
Top actor top choice for Lex Luthor. Only name I have heard so far who has the potential to do something more with the character than we have seen so far. + he has green eyes
Prime - 12/18/2013, 12:59 PM
Well as long as Lex isn't in MOS 2 and 3 I'm fine with him being here. No I don't consider B/S MOS 2 because it ain't.
JasonBlue - 12/18/2013, 12:59 PM
So Joaquin Phoenix as Lex and Jason Mamoa as Metallo... hmmm...
third3ye - 12/18/2013, 1:00 PM
Calling it now - not happening. Can't see Phoenix not only signing up for such a massive blockbuster flick, but to also commit to several of them for future DC movies.
JasonBlue - 12/18/2013, 1:01 PM
Bring back Russell Crowe for a face off with Lex and I'm gonna cry out of joy.
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