Joaquin Phoenix offered ‘Batman vs. Superman’ villain role.

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After turning in a critically acclaimed performance in Her, which is expected to top plenty of awards lists, Joaquin Phoenix is apparently being eyed for something a little more high profile. Variety is reporting that the actor is the top choice for a role in the Man of Steel sequel (currently known as Batman vs. Superman), and while sources stopped short of an official confirmation, the role is believed to be the film’s primary villain – most likely Lex Luthor.

It should be noted that this deal is in the very early stages, and with Phoenix typically foregoing blockbuster projects in favor of more prestigious fare, there’s a good chance this may not come together at all. There’s also the possibility that the shooting schedule will conflict with Gus Van Sant’s Sea of Trees, another project the actor is currently considering. It may be awhile before we hear any additional news on this one, so stay tuned.

Batman vs. Superman is scheduled to hit theaters on July 17, 2015.

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