Martin Scorsese Simultaneously Gives His Opinion On And Absolutely Roasts ‘Joker’

Joaquin Phoenix On Joker Sequel Whether Arthur Is The Real Joker

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While Martin Scorsese made headlines for his comments about Marvel Studios’ films earlier this year, it’s not as if he’s entirely opposed to the idea of comic book movies, as he previously considered making Joker for, as he says, “four years”.

However, just because Scorsese was interested in helming the project himself does not mean that he’s seen the final product.

In a recent interview with The New York Times, Scorsese revealed that he’s “in no rush to check it out” as he’s “seen clips” and thinks it’s just “fine”:

Speaking to The New York Times, Scorsese was asked if he had seen Joker. He replied that he was in no rush to check it out.

“I saw clips of it,” Scorsese said of “Joker.” “I know it. So it’s like, why do I need to? I get it. It’s fine.” [via Collider]

Ouch. Considering that Joker is very obviously influenced by Scorsese’s films, hearing that the man himself has barely checked out the movie has got to feel like a personal blow to Phillips.

And when it comes to American filmmakers, there are few more important than Scorsese, so hearing that the man simply doesn’t have the time for your movie has got to hurt.

Still, given the widespread critical adoration and commercial success, Phillips has over 1 billion reasons to be proud of the film. In fact, Joker was so wildly successful that Phillips — who was originally opposed to the idea of a sequel — is now saying that both he and Phoenix would be “open” to the idea of making a follow-up.


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