Joaquin Phoenix Got Very Creative To Convince Todd Phillips To Do A 'Joker' Sequel

"You could take this character and put him in any movie."

Following the huge success of Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker, it’s natural for fans to wonder what could be next for the character – despite the fact director Todd Phillips has explicitly said he doesn’t want to do a sequel.

However, it turns out Phoenix has been trying to convince Phillips to continue Arthur Fleck’s story for some time, and at one point he got quite creative with his ideas.

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Speaking with the Los Angeles Times, Phoenix said, “Long before the release or before we had any idea if it would be successful, we talked about sequels. In the second or third week of shooting, I was like, ‘Todd, can you start working on a sequel? There’s way too much to explore.’ It was kind of in jest – but not really.”

Phoenix said he would leave hints for Phillips about what the future could hold for Fleck, “I basically said, ‘You could take this character and put him in any movie.’

“So I did a photo shoot with the on-set photographer and we made posters where I Photoshopped Joker into 10 classic movies: Rosemary’s Baby, Raging Bull, Yentl … [laughs] If you see it, you’re like, ‘Yeah, I’d watch that movie.’ Yentl with Joker? That would be … amazing!”

Phoenix’s posters might have even been enough to convince Phillips to consider continuing the story, the director told the publication he remembered seeing the Yentl poster as well as one for Forrest Gump and one for The Hangover, which Phillips also directed.

Phillips said, “We haven’t talked about it a ton. We’ve only talked about the fact that if we ever did one — and I’m not saying we are because right now we’re not — it couldn’t just be this wild and crazy movie about the ‘Clown Prince of Crime.’ That just doesn’t interest us. It would have to have some thematic resonance in a similar way that this does.”

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He added that he’s unsure he’d be able to recreate what made Joker so successful, “I think that’s ultimately why the movie connected, outside of all the noise and mishegoss of the last month and a half.

“I think the reason why it’s resonating is what’s going on underneath the movie. So many movies are about the spark, and this movie is about the powder. If you could capture that again in a real way, that would be interesting.”

Joker is the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time, so there could be potential for money to play a factor in deciding whether or not there will be a sequel.

Robert Pattinson's French Accent In 'The King' Is Incredibly Distracting

Can't tell if it's excellent or ridiculous?!

If you have yet to watch The King, it seems the best part about the whole film is when Robert Pattinson shows up and starts talking.

The Internet is now as fixated on the actor’s accent in the Netflix film in the same way they were fixated on his hair when the first trailer was released.

While he’s not in the movie for that long, Pattinson as The Dauphin does manage to steal the show in scenes with Timothée Chalamet’s King Henry V. The Dauphin brings humour into an otherwise serious film and if you need more convincing, here’s a scene where he talks about the King’s “tiny cock”.

The fan reviews of The King have mostly focussed on Pattinson’s look in the film as well as his accent.

It perhaps proves to those who might not have realised the fact that Pattinson has been making very interesting choices since finishing up on the Twilight series as Edward Cullen.

The actor is also receiving rave reviews for The Lighthouse and will soon be playing Bruce Wayne in Matt Reeves’ The Batman, which will show more of the character’s detective side.

Speaking with Variety, Pattinson revealed his process of research, “I’m glad I’ve had quite a lot of time. I didn’t realize there were so many Batman comics. Hundreds and thousands. But I’ve been reading a lot of those, and not really just the kind of classics. I just like reading the sort of individual periodicals. It’s nice to kind of see the absolutely contemporary ones.”

At the moment we know Zoe Kravitz will star in the film as Catwoman and Paul Dano will appear as The Riddler.

It’s been rumoured for a while that Jeffrey Wright will star in the film as Commissioner James Gordon, and Reeves recently made the announcement on Twitter.

Reeves has assembled quite the team so far, 2021 can’t come soon enough!

Why Arnold Schwarzenegger's Terminator Was Actually Able To Age In 'Dark Fate'

It makes sense.

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator has appeared in the franchise multiple times since the first film was released in 1984, but with the actor now in his 70s, how is it actually possible for the cyborg to grow old?

I don’t know about you, but that certainly crossed my mind when I saw Schwarzenegger in the trailer for Terminator: Dark Fate, and apparently it confused many others.

According to CinemaBlend, Terminator creator James Cameron answered that question, saying the answer is all in the first film.

“Sure. Absolutely. Look, it’s all in the first film – sweat, bad breath, everything. [Schwarzenegger’s] a cyborg. The ‘org’ part is organic. There’s flesh over the outside. The bigger question is how something that’s got some kind of synthetic material that’s not flesh can come through the time field. But that’s another geek-out story for another time,” he said.

And when you think about it, it does make sense. The word cyborg is short for cybernetic organism, which means a being made from both organic and biomechanics body parts. So, because they’re part human, if one lives long enough he could end up looking like a 70-year-old man.

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Cameron added, “Yeah, no. He’s organic on the outside. He’s got to eat to support the organic part of his body. It might only be 30% of him by weight, but he definitely has human flesh. The science behind that is complete bullshit, but it’s a cool idea, right?

“I think the very first, and it’s in the movie, in the first movie, he’s actually got sort of gangrene and his wounds are kind of rotting by the end of the film. When the guy pounds on the door and says, ‘Hey buddy, you got a dead cat in there?’ It’s like, he’s rotting. His human flesh is dying before it all gets burned off.

“So all biological systems are subject to age unless you were to specifically genetically tinker that out, which obviously they didn’t do. So his outer form ages. His inner form, his nuclear-powered endoskeleton or his power cell powered endoskeleton, can run for… I think he says 120 years in movie two. So the flesh will die and fall off eventually and then he’ll just be the endoskeleton walking around. A little harder to blend in at that point.”

So, theoretically, Arnie could star in the Terminator movies for as long as he wants to!

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