Martin Scorsese might have caused quite a ruckus when he revealed that he didn't consider Marvel movies as cinema, but the critically-acclaimed director of films like Taxi Driver and The Irishman considers Warner Brother's Joker movie a "remarkable work."
The Hollywood Reporter just recently wrote a piece about Joker and according to the entertainment news outlet, a source close to Scorsese revealed that the filmmaker once considered directing Joker. While a representative for Scorsese denied the claim by saying that the director only "considered producing" the project for Warner Brothers, the director has nothing but good things to say about the comic book movie.
Speaking in an interview with BBC Cinematic, Scorsese was asked whether he also considered Joker a "theme park movie" like he considered Marvel movies. However, the director who knows the film's script "very well" can only say that the film is "a remarkable work" and that Joaquin Phoenix was "incredible" as Gotham's Clown Prince of Crime.
"But for me, ultimately, I don't know if I make the next step, which is to this character developing into a comic book character. It develops into an abstraction. That doesn't mean it's bad art, it could be, but it's not for me," Scorsese explained in his interview with the publication, "That's different from the superhero films. It's very different. The superhero films, as I said, are like another art form. They're not easy to make, there are a lot of very talented people doing good work, and a lot of young people really, really enjoy them. But I do think it's more of an extension of the amusement park."
Joker, of course, isn't the same as any other comic book movie. Sure, the film is grounded in the comic book lore, but it tries its best to remain as a gritty character study of a disturbed character like Arthur Fleck.
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Joker is currently screening in cinemas.