Johnny Depp might be our next BATMAN!!

According to the rumor mongers at We Got This Covered, Warner Bros. and DC Films have eyes on a big name to portray the next version of the Joker, who will face off against Robert Pattinson’s Batman: Johnny Depp.

Of course, we’re fairly certain that the Clown Prince of Crime will not appear in any way, shape, or form in writer-director Matt Reeves’ upcoming The Batman, in which Pattinson’s Dark Knight will make his debut; WGTC’s wily anonymous sources don’t dispute that. They simply allege that Warner Bros. is already looking to lock down the role for a sequel to Battinson’s first outing, and that Depp is at the top of their list of candidates.

That doesn’t mean that Pattinson’s Bruce Wayne won’t have to contend with his cackling arch-nemesis at some point, however. In fact, we find it quite likely that The Batman’s sequel could introduce the Joker. We just don’t think it’ll be Johnny Depp in the role.

Assuming that The Batman does get at least one follow-up picture, it seems silly to think that the Joker won’t get involved at some point. There’s one thing, however, that we know for sure: that it won’t be the version portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix in last year’s billion-dollar hit Joker.

For that matter, the 56-year old Depp is probably a bit long in the tooth to be considered for the role (to say nothing of fan-favorite choice Willem Dafoe, who is even older). No, the next actor to step into the Joker’s clown shoes is likely to be much closer in age to the 33-year old Pattinson — even if, as another recent rumor suggests, he won’t be squaring off against Batman at all.

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