Now that Joaquin Phoenix's Joker film with director Todd Phillips and producer Martin Scorcese is officially in development, the actor has opened up about his choice to take the role, saying the film won't be like other DC Comics films fans have seen. Now Phoenix has spoke about his decision to play the Clown Prince of Crime. Once again, he praised director Todd Phillips and his vision for the character, which is pretty much what made Phoenix sign on for the role in the first place. "So, in some ways, the process, which is obviously reading a script and meeting a filmmaker and then continuing to have meetings and discussions with Todd [Phillips]", Phoenix said. And so there is something very appealing about that and working with him on this particular project. It feels unique, it is its own world in some ways, and maybe, mostly, it scares the fucking shit out of me or something. "It might as well be the thing that scares you the most".
The upcoming Joker origins film was an idea which star Joaquin Phoenix has been holding on to for years and might not have realized it until now. "I wouldn't quite classify this as any genre", he said. "And I thought, 'You can't do the Joker, because, you know, it's just you can't do that character, it's just been done.' So I was trying to think of other characters, and he said 'I'll set up a general meeting with Warner Bros.' And I said 'I'm not gonna go, I can't go to a general meeting.' So I completely forgot about it, and so then I heard about this idea, I was like, 'Oh that's so exciting, that's the kind of experience I wanted to have, with a movie based on a comic character.' I felt like you could get something on screen". "And so I think that's what Todd sees appealing about this idea".
Phoenix, who was widely reported to be one of the leading contenders to play Doctor Strange at Marvel before Benedict Cumberbatch got the role, has apparently had an interest in approaching comic book roles in a new way for some time.
As their talk continued, Weintraub discovered that Phoenix had given some previous thought to a film similar to the Joker project.
"Three or four years ago, I called my agent and said Why don't they want to take one of these characters and just make a lower budget film about it, a movie but a character study, and why not take one of the villains?"
If you're just finding out about this Joker movie, it's not part of the established DC Extended Universe, but will instead offer a unique spin on the comic's character in a one-off feature. And I said I'm not gonna go, I can't go to a general meeting. Whether it be politics, the environment, Star Wars movies, or nearly any subject out there, you have people arguing about it online and in public, and it can get uncomfortable really fast.
The fact that Joaquin Phoenix has wanted to make a movie exactly like this for years should make fans even more excited for the project.