Joaquin Phoenix isn’t worried about appeasing or disappointing Batman fans with his upcoming Joker origin film it would seem.
Phoenix takes on the role of the iconic DC Comics villain in a $55 million standalone crime drama from “The Hangover” director Todd Phillips, one that isn’t trying to be an all appealing comic book movie but rather a dark exploration of the Clown Prince of Crime’s origins.
Whilst out doing promotion for the western drama “The Sister Brothers” ahead of its festival debut, he tells Indiewire he doesn’t feel much in the way of pressure:
“I could care less. I don’t really think that much about what people think. Who cares, who cares? My approach to every movie is the same. What I’m interested in is the filmmaker and the idea of the character.”
He admits he’s already begun preparation for the role, and the current press he’s doing at the moment is interfering with his prep: “It is ideal to be able to focus on one thing and not do press while you’re prepping for something else, which is not working out.”
Scott Silver (“The Fighter”) has penned the film which also stars the likes of Robert De Niro, Frances Conroy and comedian Marc Maron. Shooting begins next month ahead of an October 4th 2019 release.