Variety is reporting Wednesday that Joaquin Phoenix is being sought by Warner Bros. to play a villain in 2015’s Superman/Batman Man of Steel sequel.
The “exclusive” report comes with several caveats, however. The Hollywood trade says that it is very early in the process and even if offered, there is no indication whether he’d accept. The actor has built a reputation in taking on roles outside the big summer tentpole system in recent years, so Superman/Batman would certainly be a departure for him.
Variety also could not confirm what the role would be, but they report, “it’s believed to be for the main antagonist, which is likely to be Lex Luthor.
The still-untitled film opens July 17, 2015,