Joaquin Phoenix continues to dodge questions about him possibly playing The Joker for an origin film that will be produced by Martin Scorsese. Fans will remember how he was in the running to play as Doctor Strange before Benedict Cumberbatch got the role, so the actor continues to not have a comic book role under his belt.
Phoenix still won't say if he will be Joker but he did discuss his fascination with the comic book genre and comic books in general. Speaking with Collider, the acclaimed actor talks about how interesting it is to see writers and artists put their spin on one character, whether it be Batman or Spider-Man, and how they have to maintain what has been established before.
Here's what Phoenix had to say about comic books:
"I don't know about that movie or character specifically, but I was thinking about it's interesting with comics there's different writers and artists that come on. It's different than this character from literature being uniquely that. There are different interpretations. It's so interesting; I was just thinking about it today, it seems so unique in some ways to comic books. I think there's probably room for that. Maybe it's like doing a play, like you always hear about people doing something, ‘You should have seen this actor in this performance,' but then other actors do it and it's a different kind of film. I think that genre, comic books, kind of lends itself to having different people play the same character and interpret it in a different way. It's kind of built into the source material in some ways. I think it's cool when people do that."
It's a really interesting point of view from an artist like Phoenix and it sure makes comic books feel special. The medium is richer than it ever has been and it's easy to see why Hollywood is so adamant at making good comic movies, though some studios try too hard to make their own cinematic universe.
No release date for the Joker origin film has been revealed.