Joaquin Phoenix was rumored for the role of the Joker long before confirmation came earlier this week. As it turns out, Phoenix had been thinking of a project such as this for quit some time. While speaking with Collider, the actor revealed that years ago, he spoke with his manager about a project similar to his upcoming Joker film.
“Three or four years ago, I called my agent and said ‘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.’ So I was trying to think of other characters, and he said ‘I’ll set up a general meeting with Warner Bros.’ And I said ‘I’m not gonna go, I can’t go to a general meeting.’ So I completely forgot about it, and so then I heard about this idea, I was like, ‘Oh that’s so exciting, that’s the kind of experience I wanted to have, with a movie based on a comic character.’ I felt like you could get something on screen.”
I think most fans are happy with Phoenix’s casting, or at least intrigued enough by it to stay optimistic. I know I am very interested in it, partly because I think Phoenix has the right mindset to bring us a great Joker, another reason is I was never really on board with Jared Leto’s iteration. Phoenix is both a good enough actor, and also has that “weird actor” attribute that some may say is essential to playing the character.
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