Is Joaquin Phoenix the Next Lex Luthor?
Phoenix would make an incredible Lex Luthor, but there's probably a chance of this dream casting coming to fruition. For one, Phoenix hasn't made a big budget movie like this Superman vs. Batman movie since, well, The Gladiator. Also, as Variety points out, Phoenix has also been offered a role in Gus Van Sant's Sea of Trees, a project that just landed on the 2013 Black List. This is its scenario:
An American man takes a journey into the infamous “Suicide Forest” at the foothills of Mount Fuji with the intention of taking his own life. When he is interrupted by a Japanese man who has had second thoughts about his own suicide, and is trying to find his way out of the forest, the two begin a journey of reflection and survival.That sounds much more like a Joaquin Phoenix film than the sequel to a superhero movie that featured a fight sequence in an IHOP, doesn't it?
In addition, superhero movies are grueling. There's a long shooting schedule, much of which is done in front of a green screen and then once you're done with that, there's the inevitable press tour which doesn't really seem like the place for a man who's been described more than once as "prickly."
So while Joaquin Phoenix as Lex Luthor may sound like a dream, that's likely all it is, a pipe dream.