Now, though, director Todd Phillips has revealed that star Joaquin Phoenix really wasn’t on board with any references to the world of Batman! “[Joaquin] never liked saying the name Thomas Wayne,” the filmmaker explains. “It would have been easier for him if the movie was called ‘Arthur’ and had nothing to do with any of that stuff. But in the long run, I think he got it and appreciated it.”
“It’s a horrible way to live,” Phoenix says. “I think [Arthur] should be kind of heavy. Todd was like, ‘I think you should do the real thin person.’” Ultimately, he gave in to the filmmaker’s vision and lost a whopping 52lbs to play this version of the Harlequin of Hate!
Are you excited to watch Joker next month?