In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last month, a Joker origin movie directed by The Hangovers Todd Phillips, composed by 8 Mile scribe Scott Silver, also executive happening. Although the film always seems like someone threw a lot of Film Twitter words into an online generator, the Warner Bros. the movie is really going to be made. The only element of the movie that sounds remotely real Is the possible casting of Joaquin Phoenix as the Clown Prince of Crime. And although Phoenix has remained coy on whether he’d signed on for the role, he did have some fascinating things to say about the legacy of the character and Heath Ledgers Oscar Academy Award-winning turn.

In a meeting with Collider, Phoenix responded to the rumors that he was going to play the iconic Batman villain with a bit of a nonanswer. I do not know about that movie or character especially, however, I was thinking about it is intriguing with comics there is different writers and artists which come on, Phoenix said about the accounts that he was close to a deal, to play the Joker in Phillips origin movie.

Phoenix went on to make clear that he would not be intimidated by Ledger’s tour-de-force performance as a Joker in The Dark Knight. Ledger’s turn in Christopher Nolans 2008 superhero caper has redefined the character for the contemporary generation, also won him a series of accolades. However, Phoenix, if he had been to take the role, states that Ledger’s legacy would not affect him.

“It’s different than this character from literature being uniquely that. There are different interpretations. It’s so interesting; I was just thinking about it today, it seems so unique in some ways to comic books. I think there’s probably room for that. Maybe it’s like doing a play like you always hear about people doing something, ‘You should have seen this actor in this performance,’ but then other actors do it and it’s a different kind of film. I think that genre, comic books, kind of lend itself to having different people play the same character and interpret it in a different way. It’s kind of built into the source material in some ways. I think it’s cool when people do that.”