Martin Scorsese wants to make Gladiator star Joaquin Phoenix the next Joker villain
Scorsese’s version of the iconic villain will take place in the 1980’s.
Taxi Driver and Goodfellas director Martin Scorsese is putting together a standalone movie about the Joker, the heel to Gotham’s dark knight. And as of this weekend, sources are saying Scorsese may have found his star for the flick: Joaquin Phoenix.
It’s been a while since Phoenix has been featured in a blockbuster film. After his Oscar-nominated performance as Johnny Cash in 2005’s Walk the Line, Phoenix grew a jumbo-sized beard and took an acting hiatus to start a rap career, which turned out to all be part of a mediocre mockumentary called I’m Still Here. Phoenix rose again to acting in acclaimed festival films like The Master and Her. But his most significant role to this day is arguably still the ruthless Lucius Aurelius Commodus in Ridley Scott’s Gladiator 18 years ago
In Joaquin Phoenix’s ambition to at least try punking Hollywood reporters (and P. Diddy), Scorsese’s found a real joker.
According to Variety, Phoenix is currently the front runner for the Joker role. He’s preferred most of all by Old School director Todd Phillips, who is helming the Scorsese production. Variety also states that Phoenix is interested and that the team is just waiting to negotiate a contract with the studio. Phillips and Phoenix have apparently been speaking about the film since last year.
This Joker film is said to exist independently of all the other DC comic films, in which Jared Leto has been acting as the Joker since 2016’s Suicide Squad. Leto’s Joker has been divisive to say the least, with the actor having been an infamous nuisance on set only for the majority of his scenes to end up cut from the final film. Scorsese’s film is set in the 80s, and while I have my hesitations I am willing to say that in there somewhere is the potential for something really fucking cool.