JOAQUIN PHOENIX's JOKER Film 'Isn't a Superhero Movie'

Joaquin Phoenix
Joaquin Phoenix
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Now that Joaquin Phoenix's Joker film with director Todd Phillips and producer Martin Scorcese is officially in development, the actor has opened up about his choice to take the role, saying the film won't be like other DC Comics films fans have seen.

“I wouldn’t quite classify this as like any genre. I wouldn’t say it’s a superhero movie, or a studio movie or a … It feels unique, and I think more then anything, and probably the most important thing, is Todd seems very passionate about it and very giving, and so that’s exciting," Phoenix told Collider. "I think, underneath the excitement of these films, and the size of them, there are these incredible characters that are dealing with real life struggles. And sometimes that is uncovered and exposed, and sometimes it isn’t, and so I always felt, like, there were characters in comics that were really interesting and deserve the opportunity to be kind of studied. And so I think that’s what Todd sees appealing about this idea."

It's unclear whether the film will have any connection to any other Warner Bros. DC Comics based films, though unconfirmed reports say it will effectively stand alone.

No projected release date for the untitled Joker film has been announced.

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