Earlier this week, it was announced that Warner Bros. had locked Joaquin Phoenix in to portray The Joker in an upcoming origin flick from director Todd Phillips.
Now, speaking with our friends over at Collider, he discussed his recent casting and admits that he's more than a little nervous to tell the story behind Batman's greatest foe.
"I take a lot of time and consideration when making decisions and what I’m gonna work on always. So, in some ways, the process, which is obviously reading a script and meeting a filmmaker and then continuing to have meetings and discussions with Todd [Phillips]. I think he’s very impressive and he seems to have a very interesting understanding of this world and what he’s trying to say. And so there is something very appealing about that and working with him on this particular project. It feels unique, it is its own world in some ways, and maybe, mostly, it scares the f*****g s**t out of me or something. It might as well be the thing that scares you the most."
"I wouldn’t quite classify this as like any genre. I wouldn’t say it’s a superhero movie, or a studio movie or a … 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."
"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. 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. And so I think that’s what Todd sees appealing about this idea."
The movie is being described by the studio as the "exploration of a man disregarded by society [that] is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale." Scott Silver co-wrote the script with Todd Phillips. Emma Tillinger Koskoff is serving as a producer on the Joker origin film, while Richard Baratta is executive producing.
No additional cast is attached at this time, but a budget of $55-Million has been approved.
Warner Bros. has yet to announce an official release date for the Joker origin movie, but that could all change next week during the studio's presentation at San Diego Comic Con.
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