Let us say this first and foremost: it has not OFFICIALLY been announced that Phoenix will take on the mantle of the Clown Prince of Crime, but Phoenix has said that he is up to the challenge and not afraid to fill the big shoes .
Those shoes of course belong to the late Heath Ledger. His portrayal of the Joker in “The Dark Knight” was so captivating it won him an Oscar for best supporting actor. In a recent interview the actor did not confirm nor deny that he would be part of the Todd Phillips standalone film that is reportedly going to be set in the 90s.
“I don’t know about that movie or character specifically, but I was thinking about it’s interesting with comics there’s different writers and artists that come on. It’s different than this character from literature being uniquely that. There are different interpretations. It’s so interesting; I was just thinking about it today, it seems so unique in some ways to comic books. I think there’s probably room for that. Maybe it’s like doing a play, like you always hear about people doing something, ‘You should have seen this actor in this performance,’ but then other actors do it and it’s a different kind of film. I think that genre, comic books, kind of lends itself to having different people play the same character and interpret it in a different way. It’s kind of built into the source material in some ways. I think it’s cool when people do that.”
Phoenix could definitely pull off the role but there has been much hesitation as to who should be under the makeup after the less than well received criticism of Academy Award winner, Jared Leto from the Suicide Squad film. He may definitely have an easier chance if you will, with this project said to be closely following the source material.
What do you all think? Do you want to see Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker in a Joker origin film or do you even want an origin film at all? Let us know below.
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Filed away under “Dreams I Didn’t Even Know I Wanted To Come True,” comes this amazing gem from the DC Extended Universe today. Not only are they going to do a hard-boiled Joker origin story. Not only are Todd Phillips of Hangover fame and Scott Silver of 8 Mile going to write the film. Not only is Phillips going to direct it, but he and none other than Martin Scorcese are going to produce it.
If you asked us to pick a team to tell the story of how Batman’s greatest enemy came to be, while we may not have jumped on Phillips and Silver, they are strong choices. We would’ve definitely suggested Scorcese pretty quickly, but that was pure big-dreaming. Not any more. The movie will not be using Leto’s Joker and will likely be a classic, ’80’s era Scorcese-styled crime film
Deadline reports that Warner Bros. is doing this through spinning off a new, as yet unnamed, umbrella from under which this film will come from. We would assume this is the same umbrella that will likely give us Justice League Dark and some of the other alternate/off-the-main DC universe ideas that Warner Bros. has in store. No release date or timetable of any sort has been given, although it was reported that Phillips is already working on a script. We look forward to see what comes of this.