Joaquin Phoenix Is Frightened By The Role Of The Joker

Joaquin Phoenix Confirmed to Play The Joker In New Origin Film

Joaquin Phoenix Confirmed to Play The Joker In New Origin Film

"T$3 here is something very appealing about... working with [Todd Phillips] on this particular project".

The Joker film in question was first reported almost a year ago, and will be co-written and directed by The Hangover's Todd Phillips.

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. "I wouldn't say it's a superhero movie, or a studio movie or..." It deals with the characters you know but it's a self-contained story.

That's because over his brilliant career, Joaquin Phoenix has delivered a number of exceptional performances that repeatedly demonstrate his ability to transform into the character he's playing. "I think, underneath the excitement of these films, and the size of them, there are these incredible characters that are dealing with real life struggles". "I take a lot of time and consideration when making decisions and what I'm gonna work on always", the actor said. But whereas I'm less inclined to place my chips on, say, The New Gods or Cyborg, the upcoming Joker origin movie can lay claim to something that not many others on the alleged slate can: an actual green light given by the studio. "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", he said.

In this impressive artwork, we see Phoenix blowing smoke in a more clean-cut, classy kind of Joker. Under Todd Phillips' direction, will the Academy Award-nominated actor bring a level of gravitas to the most iconic comic book villain of all-time that hasn't been seen in almost a decade?

Existing outside of the Justice League-centric DCEU continuity, Phoenix's Joker is expected to be released under a new DC Films banner, reportedly to be called something along the lines of "DC Dark" or "DC Black".

Ironically, he also discussed how he thought the Joker would not be the right character for this concept, as this character study has been done before for the popular villain and it wouldn't be right to revisit it. Phoenix also described his feelings on the expectations coming from the role, saying he always feels anxiety when he takes on a role from a writer/director for fear he might not have met their expectations. Phoenix wanted to make a low budget character study about a superhero villain. As someone that has covered movies for a long time, everything about the way they are planning this Joker movie sounds smart and it's why fandom is so excited for this movie. "It might as well be the thing that scares you the most", Phoenix confessed.

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