This week, after months of rumors and whispers, we finally got confirmation that Oscar-nominee and Golden Globe victor Joaquin Phoenix (The Master, Walk the Line) will star as The Joker in an dark origin story film for the character not connected to anything in the DC Extended Universe.
Phoenix, who considers himself very careful when it comes to choosing which films he works on, found himself impressed by Todd Phillips (The Hangover)'s script and vision for the film and the universe he creates, calling it "unique" and admitting that it "scares the f***ing s**t" out of him.
Phoenix went in depth about his process when the possibility of doing this movie and taking on an iconic role like The Joker presented itself.
"He seems to have a very interesting understanding of this world and what he's trying to say", Phoenix said, speaking about Phillips. 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". Insofar as it's possible for people to agree on anything nowadays, most people were onboard with a Joker origin movie as soon as they heard Phoenix would be in the title role.
"I wouldn't quite classify this as like any genre". The Warner Bros. movie reportedly has a budget of only around $55 million, which is well below what other Warner Bros. superhero and villain movies have cost to produce. "It feels unique, and I think more then anything, and probably the most important thing, is Todd seems very passionate about it and very giving, and so that's exciting", Phoenix told Collider.
"You want to know how I got these scars?"".
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The role of the Joker is challenging for anyone, even for Joaquin Phoenix who in his already glittering career has shown fantastic versatility.
As their time together neared its end, Weintraub asked about the "singular" nature of the project, and how keeping the tale seperate from that of the other DC films would shake out.
No official release date has been set, but THR claims the film could be in theaters by late 2019.
I think most fans are happy with Phoenix's casting, or at least intrigued enough by it to stay optimistic. He finds Phillips' want to dive into the "real life struggles" of comic characters that is often left unexposed in the film, and that he always felt these comic characters deserved to be studied and that Phillips finds this idea "appealing".
Phoenix's Joker, if you haven't heard by now, is being developed in tandem with another solo Joker movie starring Jared Leto's version of the Clown Prince of Crime. This idea sounds much more appealing to an actor like Phoenix. "I felt like you could get something on screen".