Martin Scorsese admitted that he doesn’t want to watch Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker after previously passing on producing the movie for Warner Brothers.
In an interview with the New York Times after release of The Irishman, Martin Scorsese was asked whether he’d watched Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker. The director explained that he’d seen clips of the movie and doesn’t feel like he needs to see the rest. Considering Joker has had plenty of Oscar buzz around it since it premiered at the Venice Film Festival, Martin Scorsese’s comments about the film are quite dismissive. Take a look at Martin Scorsese’s opinion on Joker below.
“I saw clips of it. I know it. So it’s like, why do I need to? I get it. It’s fine.”
While doing press for his latest film, The Irishman, Scorsese was asked his thoughts on the growing trend of superhero cinema dominating the box office, noting that he had tried to enjoy them, but they ultimately weren’t for him.
“I don’t see them. I tried, you know? But that’s not cinema,” Scorsese revealed to Empire Magazine about comic book films. “Honestly, the closest I can think of them, as well made as they are, with actors doing the best they can under the circumstances, is theme parks. It isn’t the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being.”
In the wake of these comments, a number of filmmakers weighed in on the matter, both supporting and chastising this opinion of the genre.
Some rumors claimed that Scorsese was enlisted to entice Leonardo DiCaprio, who starred in Scorsese’s The Departed, The Wolf of Wall Street, Gangs of New York, and more, to take on the titular role, though director Todd Phillips claimed that Joaquin Phoenix was his only choice for the part.
Joker is currently available on Digital HD.