Joaquin Phoenix: Before the Joker, the Oscar winner could have played Batman – Teller Report

If his interpretation of “Joker” caused too much ink to flow, Joaquin Phoenix may have played the Dark Knight in the adaptation suggested by Darren Aronofsky.

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His performance was one of the movie events of 2019. In Joker, Joaquin Phoenix managed to win an award Heart of fans and critics. And with good reason, on February 9, the actor was on stage at the 92nd Academy Awards to receive the first figurine of his already long career. However, before lending his features to Gotham City Bad, the American star could have played Batman in a project led by Darren Aronofsky.

To understand everything, you have to go back to 2002, where after the huge success of the drama Requiem for a dreamwhich was released a year ago in France, the director wanted to adapt Batman: 1 year, a comic book written by Frank Miller, reviews Bruce Wayne’s first year as a vigilante. The only problem: Warner had other — very different — ideas in mind. at Interview Produced by the famous magazine empireThe director says more about it.

The studio wanted Freddy Prinze Jr. and I wanted Joaquin Phoenix.

I remember thinking we were thinking of two completely different movies. It’s a true story. It was a different time. The Batman I wrote had a very different opinion of what it ended up being.” The director explains. In 2001, Freddy Prinze Jr., a very popular actor during the 90s thanks to the movies Remember… last summer And she is very wonderulfrom success Scooby Doo, another feature film from Warner. A choice, a thousand miles from Joaquin Phoenix, was not to Darren Aronofsky’s taste.

In the end, the movie wasn’t made. It wasn’t until 2005 that The Dark Knight would return to the screens in front of Christopher Nolan’s camera. In 2017, while promoting Pain!Darren Aronowski previously expressed his frustration with the aborted project and the leaking of his plans in an interview with the first show : You write down the ideas and they are captured elsewhere. The challenge for us was to reinvent the franchise, to make it something very vital, like Taxi Driver (…). But the derivatives were telling us: Oh no, you can’t be a Lincoln Continental, you have to make a real Batmobile.

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