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Joaquin Phoenix responds to critics of his Joker Origin film


Joaquin Phoenix has dismissed any criticism aimed at him in regards to his upcoming Joker Origin film.

After all the talk, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker origins movie has been given its official release date and title. Simply titled Joker, the Warner Bros. production will head to the cinemas October 4th 2019.

Far Out Magazine reported the news that Phoenix had finally been confirmed to play the ‘Clown Prince of Crime’ in Todd Phillips’ Joker origin movie.

The film has been co-written by Phillips and Scott Silver, the man previously behind 8 Mile. Warner Bros. confirmed the news that Phoenix has signed on to the role and described the film as “exploration of a man disregarded by society [that] is not only a gritty character study but also a broader cautionary tale.”

However, despite its big build, some critics have reacted disapprovingly to Phoenix’s ability to portray the Joker. Asked directly about the negative press, he answered: “I don’t really think that much about what people think,” in an interview with IndieWire.

“Who cares, who cares?” he added. 

“My approach to every movie is the same. What I’m interested in is the filmmaker and the idea of the character”, he admitted.

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“I think more than anything, and probably the most important thing, is [the director] Todd seems very passionate about it and very giving, and so that’s exciting”, he added.

“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”.

Zazie Beetz, best known for her role of Vanessa “Van” Keefer on television series Atlanta, is also in talks to join Joaquin Phoenix’s ‘Joker’ origin movie.

Beetz, who also played the role of Marvel Comics character Domino in Deadpool 2, could be set to co-star alongside Phoenix.

It is believed the budget for the film is in excess of $55million which is a somewhat modest figure in comparison to other productions of the same ilk.

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