Joker Origins Movie Will Include A Character With Major Ties To Batman

Lawrence Kim
July 12, 2018

Now Phoenix has spoke about his decision to play the Clown Prince of Crime.

It seems that Joaquin Phoenix's desire for a low-budget drama based on comic book character was ahead of the curve, with movies like Spawn and Venom tackling similar strategies, though with seemingly different tones. When previously asked about the possibility, the actor played coy and gave the stock answer, "it sounds very interesting", to almost every reporter that asked him about joining up with DC Films and Warner Bros. I wouldn't say it's a superhero movie, or a studio movie or a.

"As for De Niro's role, I don't think he's playing some canon type character". And sometimes that is uncovered and exposed, and sometimes it isn't, and so I always felt, like, there were characters in comics that were really interesting and deserve the opportunity to be kind of studied. 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.

Phoenix went on to suggest that the Joker origin movie wouldn't be a standard mainstream superhero adventure.

Are you looking forward to Joaquin Phoenix portraying the Joker? Warner Bros. describes the forthcoming feature as an "exploration of a man disregarded by society [that] is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale". 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.

DC's spin-off movie focusing on the early life of the Joker had been rumored for some time, but this week it was finally confirmed that it was happening and that Joaquin Phoenix (Gladiator, Walk the Line) will take on the lead role. You can read the rest of the interview with Phoenix over at Collider.

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