New rumours state that Joaquin Phoenix is owning his role as the Joker.

This comes via Justin Shanlian who has heard some strong buzz around the new origin film.

“Been told by many that Joaquin Phoenix has crushed it as The Joker,” Shanlian tweeted. “The more I hear about this project the more EXCITED I get for it! You’re ALL in for a treat when this film is released in October! Heard that the script is incredible and they’ve nailed the character of The Joker.”

Phoenix also won a Golden Globe for his performance as Johnny Cash in Walk the Line. He has earned three Academy nominations and brings some serious acting to the role of Joker, a role that got Heath Leager an Oscar.

Phoenix has also talked before about his own approach to play the iconic character.

“I wouldn’t quite classify this as like any genre,” Phoenix said while speaking with Collider. “I wouldn’t say it’s a superhero movie, or a studio movie or a … It feels unique, and I think more than anything, and probably the most important thing, is Todd seems very passionate about it and very giving, and so that’s exciting.

“I think, underneath the excitement of these films, and the size of them, there are these incredible characters that are dealing with real-life struggles. And sometimes that is uncovered and exposed, and sometimes it isn’t, and so I always felt, like, there were characters in comics that were really interesting and deserve the opportunity to be kind of studied. And so I think that’s what Todd sees appealing about this idea.”

The film is directed by Todd Phillips and executive produced by Martin Scorsese. It stars Phoenix as Arthur Fleck, the man who goes on to become the Joker.

“That’s a wrap on production,” Phillips confirmed on social media. “Thanks to the greatest crew NYC has to offer. It was a fun shoot — but we’re not there yet.”

The production on the film ended in December.

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