Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Joaquin Phoenix on How the Joker Movie 'Scares' Him

Joaquin Phoenix on How the Joker Movie 'Scares' Him

Joaquin Phoenix was recently confirmed to play the Joker in a Warner Bros and DC movie exploring the origins of one of the most famous baddies in pop culture.

The Joker origin story will be directed by Todd Phillips, who also co-wrote the script with Scott Silver. Speaking to Collider, Phoenix revealed it took him a lot of time to decide whether or not he should take on the role.

As their talk continued, Weintraub discovered that Phoenix had given some previous thought to a film similar to the Joker project.

The Joker origins film does not yet have a release date.

In particular, the actor said that the movie's premise struck him as the realization of an idea that he had himself, independently, several years ago. It feels unique, it is its own world in some ways, and maybe, mostly, it scares the f*cking sh*t out of me or something. For more detail, you can check out the actor's full comments over at Collider. The idea of Phoenix playing one of the most iconic comic book characters of all time is beyond exciting and yet another reason to think the comic book movie genre is not slowing down. "I think [Phillips] is very impressive and he seems to have a very interesting understanding of this world and what he's trying to say. But it feels magnified because it's not just one person's expectations, but what you're telling me is that there's at least a dozen".

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'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?' 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'.

It turns out Phoenix has been thinking about the concept of this movie for quite some time: namely, removing a particular comic book character, and a villain in particular, from the larger space they function within and zooming in on their character. The other, Phoenix's, will be a standalone movie that he says will be more genre-blurring than the typical "superhero movie" that audiences might have come to expect. "And so I think that's what Todd sees appealing about this idea".

'I think, underneath the excitement of these films, and the size of them, there are these incredible characters that are dealing with real life struggles. 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. With that announcement earlier this week, many fans are already imagining how Phoenix would look like as the Joker, with many talented artists finding inspiration from how the character is portrayed in the comics, TV shows and films among other media.

Are you excited to see what Phoenix brings to this larger-than-life role?

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