Once upon a time, DC announced they would be making a Joker standalone movie, set outside the DC Extended Universe. Todd Philips would direct and Martin Scorsese would produce. It was said that Scorsese’s involvement was meant to lure in Leonardo DiCaprio to play Joker, but this ended up not becoming a reality.
Later, Variety reported that Joaquin Phoenix was in negations to star in the project, but Phoenix said it wasn’t true.
That is not the end to the story, dear readers, as Phoenix was just asked by Fandango if he would be playing Joker:
“I don’t know… it could be an interesting character, I don’t know.”
Well, now Phoenix is not saying no. So, I guess that is an update. Previously he outright denied the news, though he still doesn’t confirm any involvement.
Phoenix did tell Fandango that he’s up for a superhero movie, but only if the conditions are right:
“I see it as any other movie. I wouldn’t say… ‘I won’t do Westerns.’ It depends on what it is. I don’t really care about the genre, I care about the character and the filmmaker. If you have the ability to transcend the genre, then that’s what you want to do. So I wouldn’t say, hands down, no — I wouldn’t do that kind of movie. There are things where I’ve flirted with the possibility where there was the potential for this to be… something that’s actually interesting to me. But then for whatever reason they never got to that place where everyone else feels the same way. And that’s key. Everyone has to want to explore the same thing or else it just doesn’t f**king work. I’m not opposed to it. I don’t make decisions on budget or things like that — it’s really the filmmaker and the character.”
Fandango insists Phoenix was playful and eager in his answers, but at this point, I’d say it could go either way.
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