Just How Method Will Joaquin Phoenix Go to Play a Joker?

Last summer, as comic-book film fans were still beating their wounds from a flash-band attack of Jared Leto’s Joker in 2016’s Suicide Squad, Warner Bros. announced that it was formulation nonetheless another film about everyone’s favorite green-haired Batman villain. The Hangover’s Todd Phillips is set to approach and co-write a book with Scott Silver (The Fighter)—and, for a small status flair, Martin Scorsese will produce. Right away, Phillips named Joaquin Phoenix as his ideal claimant to take on a dirty makeup of Gotham’s creepiest clown. Now, according to Variety, Phoenix is tighten to indeed creation a deal.

This film would exist outward a extant Justice League universe, that facilities Leto as a young, glam Joker and Ben Affleck as his Batman. An start story set in early 1980s-era Gotham City, a Phoenix film will reportedly be desirous by a grave and dirty universe of Scorsese’s filmography. Think some-more Raging Bull and Taxi Driver and reduction whatever Hot Topic stupidity Suicide Squad was perplexing to convey.

Just how routine will Phoenix go for this part? Well, there’s already a prolonged story of actors maybe over-committing to a routine of apropos a Joker. It’s a consternation any of Leto’s co-stars on Suicide Squad were even means to perform given a consistent tide of frankly disgusting on-set pranks he pulled while he stayed “in character.” The purpose of a Joker also took a fee on Heath Ledger, nonetheless Ledger’s family objects to a apocryphal story that excited nights scheming for his Oscar-winning The Dark Knight opening contributed to his contingent overdose. It’s true, however, that Ledger went to impassioned lengths—including locking himself away in a hotel for a month and slathering on a unsettling Joker makeup himself—in sequence to get into a demented mindset of a Clown Prince of Gotham.

Phoenix, famously, has a prolonged story of method acting himself. Who can forget a dual years he committed so tough to a bit of a Casey Affleck-directed mockumentary I’m Still Here that even Ben Affleck and Matt Damon told him to give it a rest? But during a unequivocally least, a actor also has a clarity of amusement about some of a lengths he’s left to in a past, including insisting everybody on a set of Johnny Cash biopic Walk a Line impute to him as J.R.—Cash’s genuine name. “I’m broke about it now,” he told Entertainment Weekly over a decade ago, referring to himself as a ”fucking idiot” on that set. “It’s not a shining method. It’s simply that we don’t know what I’m doing, and we use all a assistance we can get. It’s an act of desperation.”

This isn’t a initial time Phoenix has been approached to take on a comic-book role. The actor upheld on personification Marvel’s Doctor Strange—a purpose that eventually went to Benedict Cumberbatch. In 2015 he explained to Time Out London because he pronounced no to fasten a Avengers franchise:

When we was younger we was substantially a bit of a posh about [taking on
blockbuster roles]. But they’ve gotten better. I’ve flirted with
several of those films, carrying meetings and removing close, but
ultimately it never felt like they’d unequivocally be fulfilling. There were
too many mandate that went opposite my instincts for character.
I’ve been spoiled. I’ve never had to make those compromises. I’ve not
met a executive nonetheless with one of those films where we go by the
script, they say: “You know what, fuck this set-piece, let’s concentration on
the character!” we understand, though it’s best we don’t do it.

Presumably, Phoenix will have giveaway rein to excavate into a dim and disfigured mind of this many iconic comic-book villain. But we’d all conclude it if, distinct Leto, he left a dead pigs out of it.

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