As it turns out, Joaquin Phoenix doesn't have the best poker face after all.
Joaquin Phoenix says his Joker film will be "unique", but he doesn't think it will be classified as a "superhero" movie. When previously asked about the possibility, the actor played coy and gave the stock answer, "it sounds very interesting", to almost every reporter that asked him about joining up with DC Films and Warner Bros. Thankfully, Steve "Frosty" Weintraub of Collider recently sat down with the WALK THE LINE and SIGNS star with the hope of discovering what brings a smile to the face of the man set to play the next Clown Prince of Crime. Phoenix had this to say.
"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]", Phoenix said. For more detail, you can check out the actor's full comments over at Collider.
In this impressive artwork, we see Phoenix blowing smoke in a more clean-cut, classy kind of Joker. Phoenix said he focuses more on whether the director will be happy with his performance, since the general audience's approval of him is simply a "magnified version of what you deal with as an actor". With the movie revving toward production, the actor is finally breaking his silence about his motivations for taking on the role. When he heard of this project, he said it was the "kind of experience I wanted to have". The writer or director "have their expectation, and they've imagined things in their head... and suddenly you take it on so there's this moment of anxiety of 'Did I live up to their expectations?'"
No projected release date for the untitled Joker film has been announced.
"I wouldn't quite classify this as like any genre".
Phoenix concluded by emphasizing that Phillips' Joker movie wasn't a "superhero movie, or a studio movie", but something far more "unique". He finds Phillips' want to dive into the "real life struggles" of comic characters that is often left unexposed in the film, and that he always felt these comic characters deserved to be studied and that Phillips finds this idea "appealing". "And so I think that's what Todd sees appealing about this idea". It will be a gritty character study and a broad cautionary tale.
Should the Phoenix Joker do well, it'll certainly spark a whole shift in how WB/DC - and maybe even the other studios - approach the voluminous libraries of comic book characters that they have access to. So I was trying to think of other characters, and he said I'll set up a general meeting with Warner Bros. "I felt like you could get something on screen".