Joker is looking to be one hell of a film, giving us one of the most interesting and grounded interpretations of the Batman villain to date. There have only been two trailers and fans already want Joaquin Phoenix to win an Academy Award, though we’ll have to wait till the final product comes out before we can assume its quality. However, as good as this might be, this won’t be the final interpretation of Joker and the director knows it.
Speaking with the LA Times, director Todd Phillips acknowledged that there will be more movie Jokers after his movie and is okay with that. He compared these comic book characters to the works of Shakespeare since people can take these icons and shape them in any way they want while keeping their core personality intact. That’s a great little comment right there.
“But also, this will not be the last Joker movie ever made. It might be the last one Joaquin and I do, but someone else is going to come along and do another one, just like with Spider-Man. So if you don’t like this one, don’t worry — it’ll get reinvented again.”
“That’s the fun thing about these characters. In a way, comic books are our Shakespeare and just like there are many versions of Hamlet and Macbeth, they’ve done four or five versions of the Joker in the last 25 or 30 years. So why not do another one that’s wildly different?”
It’s a sad but true fact since Joaquin Phoenix is one of the many actors to have portrayed this character, joining Jack Nicholson, Jared Leto, and Heath Ledger. We’ve also had a ton of Batman and Superman actors, so really, nothing is sacred when it comes to these heroes and villains. Can’t wait to see how people react to a rebooted Iron Man and the 50th Batman actor in the year 2055.
Joker comes out on October 4.