Martin Scorsese It is still a topic of conversation for his statements about superhero movies and comics. About to release his new and highly anticipated film, 'The Irishman' ('The Irishman'), the controversy haunts him during interviews related to his work. He has already explained his problem with the movies that Marvel makes but he wanted to make it clear that 'Joker' is different.
Scorsese praises the Phoenix Joker
When the project was announced, in summer of 2017, it was said that Scorsese was going to produce a spin-off of the villain, however, his name does not finally appear in the credits of 'Joker'. Now, Scorsese has revealed that he was interested in the script and He was thinking of directing 'Joker' for four years. He alleges personal reasons but also lack of time, and it seems that he did not feel able to provide what this adaptation needed:
"I know the film very well. I know Todd (Phillips) very well. My producer, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, produced it. I thought a lot about the Joker for the past four years and decided that I didn't have time for that. It was for personal reasons. I didn't get involved, but I know the script very well, it has real energy and an incredible Joaquin (Phoenix). You have an extraordinary job.
But, in the end, I don't know if I took the next step, which is to develop the character towards a comic character. Develop it to an abstraction. It doesn't mean it's a bad art, it's just not for me …
It is different from superhero movies. Very different. As I said before, superhero movies are another art form. They are not easy to do. There are a lot of very talented people doing a good job and many young people who really enjoy them. But I do think they are more like amusement parks, amusement park extensions. "
We will never know how Martin Scorsese's vision of this material would have been, although Todd Phillips has done a great job, as evidenced by the triumph at the Venice Festival, the majority applause of the critics and the spectacular success of the public, with 'Joker ' about to exceed $ 1 billion at the box office.
On the other hand, although Scorsese would definitely have done otherwise, his style has been reflected in 'Joker'; specifically, 'Taxi Driver' and 'The King of Comedy' are Phillips' two biggest influences in creating the clown world that Joaquin Phoenix embodies.