DC's latest Joker Joaquin Phoenix once played Superboy

Rianne Houghton

From Digital Spy

Joaquin Phoenix is now officially DC Comics' latest embodiment of The Joker, but this isn't actually the first time the actor has embodied a DC character.

Yes, as it turns out, Joaquin – then known as Leaf Phoenix – starred in the CBS series Superboy, which ran in the glory days of 1988 to 1992.

Joaquin isn't completely switching alliances in the comic book world, though, as his character simply imagined himself as Superboy in the episode 'Little Hercules' and was never the real hero himself.

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(We so would've been down for a Superboy-Joker origin story, though.)

From sort of playing a superhero to definitely playing a super-villain, Joaquin has now been confirmed as the Clown Prince of Crime in a brand new movie charting the Joker's rise.

The Joker's origin story is set to be based on the Killing Joke graphic novel, where the Joker is portrayed as a failed stand-up comedian from the 1980s.

In other words, it's going to be brilliant.

Photo credit: DC Comics

In a statement, Warner Bros said the new project will be an "exploration of a man disregarded by society [that] is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale".

Although we're more than ready to usher in a new DC era, it's believed that Phoenix's Joker will be a standalone portrayal, rather than one that will appear in the wider DC Extended Universe, where Jared Leto is still very much the "damaged" one.

Confused? Us too.

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