Joaquin Phoenix's Joker Won't Cross Over With Robert Pattinson's Batman

Joker's Trick: Todd Phillips' Joker Takes Home The Highest Honour At The Venice Film Festival

Todd Phillips apparently wanted Joaquin Phoenix to play Joker in his film so badly, he did everything he could to convince him. Rather than dangling out a carrot and letting Joaquin come to him, Todd Phillips took a more offense-based approach, using pure persistence to wear his quarry down. Or your eyes. You know what I meant. The film itself is a psychological character study akin to Taxi Driver, and Phoenix commands the frame every second he's onscreen-which is quite a feat, as he's literally in every single scene. "When I was watching those clips, I thought about my family". Best Adapted Screenplay consideration is possible as well, although despite the notation, Phillips and co-writer Scott Silver didn't pull anything from the comics except the bare bones qualities of the title character.

Phillips, previously known for frat house comedies including the "Hangover" trilogy and "Road Trip", bristled at suggestions the movie was a major departure for him.

The film will take the audience into Joker's past. Heath Ledger's version in 2008's The Dark Knight - considered to be one of the greatest Joker portrayals all time - made his entrance in full comic book villain glory. The film traces Arthur Fleck's journey from lonely, misunderstood, mentally ill outsider to a domestic terrorist.

"It started becoming something more than I could have anticipated and it was one of the greatest experiences of my career".

Perhaps that's the real reason why Phoenix was so attracted to playing this role. "You see a slice of life that will stay with you for a long time", the 65-year-old actress said.

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It also helps that Joker was written specifically with Phoenix in mind.

Bradley Cooper graced the red carpet of the DC film, posing with the film's cast, including Joaquin Phoenix, who plays the Clown Prince of Crime.

"No. Definitely not", Phillips told Variety. You're Joaquin Phoenix, might as well just show up one day, nobody is going to stop you.

With a role that's been tailor-made for him, it's hard to imagine Phoenix will do anything short of stunning with Joker. The Batman is rumored to feature half a dozen different Bat-villains, including Catwoman, Two-Face, Riddler and Penguin.

Actor Brett Cullen stars in "Joker" as Thomas Wayne. Pictures in the United States on 4 October 2019, with the UK release date still to be announced.

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