Joaquin Phoenix Rumored for Batman vs. Superman

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Joaquin Phoenix Rumored for <i>Batman vs. Superman</i>

As Batfleck and Henry Cavill get ready to start shooting the upcoming Batman vs Superman film, one role has yet to be filled: the villain.

According to Variety, the studio is leaning towards featuring Lex Luther, and have a few ideas of who they want to cast for the part. The newest development is that Warner Bros. is now considering Joaquin Phoenix for the role. There’s currently no confirmation from Phoenix or his management that the actor is interested in the part, and according to sources, Phoenix may pass on the opportunity to take a role in Gus Van Sant’s latest feature film Sea of Trees.

Game of Thrones actor Jason Momoa and Callan Mulvey from the upcoming 300 and Captain America sequels are also said to be in consideration for roles. Warner recently announced that it had signed on relatively unknown actress Gal Gadot to play the part of Wonder Woman.

Batman vs. Superman is scheduled to start filming in February 2014, with a tentative release date set for July 17, 2015.