Martin Scorsese is one of the most celebrated directors of the previous and the current centuries. Scorsese is back this month with his latest, The Irishman, releasing on Netflix worldwide on November 27. During a recent interview for The Irishman, Scorsese revealed that he was actually part of Warner Bros' Joker project for years but eventually ended up not getting involved as the director of the DC Comics movie based on Batman supervillain Joker.
In an interview with BBC, Martin Scorsese claimed that he was involved with the production team of Joker four years before he decided to drop out.
“I know the film very well. I know [director Todd Phillips] very well. My producer Emma Tillinger Koskoff produced it. I thought about it a lot over the last four years and decided I did not have the time for it. It was personal reasons why I didn’t get involved. But I know the script very well. It has a real energy and Joaquin. You have remarkable work," he said.
Martin Scorsese has stayed away from comic book adaptations on screen. He claims he was skeptical while deciding on Joker's direction.
“For me, ultimately, I don’t know if I make the next step into this character developing into a comic book character. You follow? He develops into an abstraction. It doesn’t mean it’s bad art, it’s just not for me…The superhero films, as I’ve said, are another art form. They are not easy to make. There’s a lot of very talented people doing good work and a lot of young people really, really enjoy them.”
When Joker was announced back in 2017, it was reported widely that Martin Scorsese would be helming the project. He was attached, at the time, as a producer, which has been confirmed, but is said to have been eyeing the director role at the time. Rumours also suggested that Scorsese was considering bringing in Leonardo DiCaprio for the role of Joker. However, Todd Phillips squashed those rumours by claiming that Joaquin Phoenix was the first choice for the role.