BAFTA officials ‘disappointed’ by lack of diversity in nominations

BAFTA officials have admitted they are “disappointed” by the lack of diversity in the nominations for the 2020 British Academy Film Awards. The nominations for the 2020 ceremony were unveiled on Tuesday morning, revealing that Todd Phillips’s Joker ca…

BAFTA officials have admitted they are “disappointed” by the lack of diversity in the nominations for the 2020 British Academy Film Awards.

The nominations for the 2020 ceremony were unveiled on Tuesday morning, revealing that Todd Phillips’s Joker came top with 11 nods, closely followed by Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Martin Scorsese’s gangster epic The Irishman with 10.

Social media users swiftly went online to express their outrage at the all-white acting nominees, with them using the hashtag #BAFTASSoWhite. They blasted BAFTA voters for snubbing the likes of Awkwafina, Jennifer Lopez, Antonio Banderas, and Cynthia Erivo and opting to give Margot Robbie and Scarlett Johansson two nods each.

BAFTA executives have now admitted they are also disappointed about the all-white shortlist.

“Being totally honest, we are disappointed and that is not to take anything away from the people who have been nominated,” said BAFTA chief executive Amanda Berry, according to Press Association. She added that although no female filmmaker made the Best Director shortlist, they were recognised across other categories and this “gives me joy and hope”.

“But we are going to do more, we are not going to stop pushing,” she insisted.

While Marc Samuelson, chairman of BAFTA’s film committee, commented: “Clearly everybody knows that everybody in the four acting groups of nominees are white, it’s infuriating, we can’t make the industry do something, all we can do is encourage and push and inspire and try to help people coming in at the bottom end.”

Samuelson also noted that diversity is improving in other ways, as the percentage of female nominees has risen. However, he did concede, “It doesn’t take anything away from the issue in the acting categories but, nonetheless, it’s something and things are moving.”

The 2020 British Academy Film Awards will be hosted by Graham Norton at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 2 February.

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Joaquin Phoenix honours fellow Golden Globes nominees with expletive-laden speech

Joaquin Phoenix honoured his fellow 2020 Golden Globes nominees with an expletive-laden speech on Sunday night.The 45-year-old won the Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama gong at the ceremony for his stellar turn in Joker and used his acceptance spe…

Joaquin Phoenix honoured his fellow 2020 Golden Globes nominees with an expletive-laden speech on Sunday night.

The 45-year-old won the Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama gong at the ceremony for his stellar turn in Joker and used his acceptance speech to pay tribute to Christian Bale, Antonio Banderas, Adam Driver, and Jonathan Pryce – who were also up for the prize.

“There is no f**king best actor,” Joaquin began. “We all know there’s no f**king competition between us. I’m your f**king student. I can’t believe the beautiful mesmerising, unique work that you’ve all done this year.

“But I really do feel honoured to be mentioned with you,” he continued. “Contrary to popular belief, I don’t want to rock the boat, but the boat is f**king rocked.”

Joaquin, who went public with partner Rooney Mara on the red carpet, also thanked Joker director Todd Phillips and apologised for his behaviour while filming the comic-book villain origin story.

“I’m such a pain in the a*s. I cannot believe you put up with me,” the star quipped.

Joaquin also used his speech to draw attention to the devastating bushfires that are currently ravaging Australia and told the audience that they had to do more to help.

“It’s really nice that so many people have come up and sent their well-wishes to Australia, but we have to do more than that, right? Such a beautiful gesture, and… I have not always been a virtuous man. I’m learning so much so many of you in this room have given me multiple opportunities to get it right,” he explained.

Joaquin then told the crowd that they need to do “more” than simply express their support for Australia amid the deadly wildfires and “make some changes”.

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Joker leads BAFTA nominations

Joker looks set for success at the 2020 British Academy Film Awards after receiving an impressive 11 nominations.The tragic tale of how Batman’s villainous foe came to be earned nods for star Joaquin Phoenix, who is up for the Leading Actor gong, Direc…

Joker looks set for success at the 2020 British Academy Film Awards after receiving an impressive 11 nominations.

The tragic tale of how Batman’s villainous foe came to be earned nods for star Joaquin Phoenix, who is up for the Leading Actor gong, Director Todd Phillips and Best Film. The movie is also up for the inaugural Best Casting prize, as well as awards for Editing, Production Design, Make-up & Hair and Sound.

Just behind Joker were The Irishman and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, earning 10 nominations apiece. Martin Scorsese’s mob drama saw him nominated for Best Director, while Al Pacino and Joe Pesci are among those set to battle it out for the Supporting Actor statuette. Meanwhile, Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood saw nominations for Supporting Actor Brad Pitt, Leading Actor Leonardo DiCaprio, and Supporting Actress Margot Robbie.

Robbie actually featured twice in that category, as she’s also up for the award for her movie Bombshell.

Sam Mendes’ 1917 received nine nominations, including one for the prestigious Best Film gong, while Jojo Rabbit is up for six prizes, including Supporting Actress for Scarlett Johansson. Johansson and Robbie will face off against Laura Dern for Marriage Story and Florence Pugh for Little Women for the prize.

Scarlett is also up for the Leading Actress award, thanks to her role in Marriage Story, alongside fellow competitors Saoirse Ronan for Little Women, Charlize Theron for Bombshell, Renee Zellweger for Judy, and Jessie Buckley for Wild Rose.

Meanwhile, The Two Popes also bagged an impressive nominations haul with five nods, including Supporting Actor for Anthony Hopkins. But the acting veteran has some tough competition from Tom Hanks for A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, as well as Pacino, Pesci and Pitt. Jonathan Pryce is up for the Leading Actor award for his role in The Two Popes, but will have to beat Marriage Story’s Adam Driver, Rocketman’s Taron Egerton, DiCaprio and Phoenix to take home the award.

It was previously announced that Awkwafina, Micheal Ward, Jack Lowden, Kaitlyn Dever and Kelvin Harrison, Jr. will face off for the EE Rising Star Award, which is voted for by the public.

The nominations were announced on Tuesday morning by Sex Education star Asa Butterfield and Charlie’s Angels’ Ella Balinska in London.

The British Academy Film Awards, hosted by Graham Norton, will take place at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 2 February.

The main list of nominees are as follows:

Best Film:

1917

The Irishman

Joker

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Parasite

Outstanding British Film:

1917

Bait

For Sama

Rocketman

Sorry We Missed You

The Two Popes

Leading Actor:

Leonardo DiCaprio – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Adam Driver – Marriage Story

Taron Egerton – Rocketman

Joaquin Phoenix – Joker

Jonathan Pryce – The Two Popes

Leading Actress:

Jessie Buckley – Wild Rose

Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story

Saoirse Ronan – Little Women

Charlize Theron – Bombshell

Renee Zellweger – Judy

Supporting Actor:

Tom Hanks – A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood

Anthony Hopkins – The Two Popes

Al Pacino – The Irishman

Joe Pesci – The Irishman

Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Supporting Actress:

Laura Dern – Marriage Story

Scarlett Johansson – Jojo Rabbit

Florence Pugh – Little Women

Margot Robbie – Bombshell

Margot Robbie – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

EE Rising Star Award:

Awkwafina

Jack Lowden

Kaitlyn Dever

Kelvin Harrison, Jr.

Micheal Ward

Director:

Sam Mendes – 1917

Martin Scorsese – The Irishman

Todd Phillips – Joker

Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Bong Joon-Ho – Parasite

Original Screenplay:

Booksmart – Susanna Fogel, Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Katie Silberman

Knives Out – Rian Johnson

Marriage Story – Noah Baumbach

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Quentin Tarantino

Parasite – Han Jin Won, Bong Joon-ho

Adapted Screenplay:

The Irishman – Steven Zaillian

Jojo Rabbit – Taika Waititi

Joker – Todd Phillips, Scott Silver

Little Women – Greta Gerwig

The Two Popes – Anthony McCarten

Casting:

Shayna Markowitz – Joker

Douglas Aibel, Francine Maisler – Marriage Story

Victoria Thomas – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Sarah Crowe – The Personal History of David Copperfield

Nina Gold – The Two Popes

Animated Film:

Frozen 2

Klaus

A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

Toy Story 4

Film Not in the English Language:

The Farewell

For Sama

Pain and Glory

Parasite

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Original Score:

Thomas Newman – 1917

Michael Giacchino – Jojo Rabbit

Hildur Gudnadottir – Joker

Alexandre Desplat – Little Women

John Williams – Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

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Martin Scorsese in no rush to see Joker

Martin Scorsese is in no rush to watch Joker.Last year’s comic book thriller, directed by The Hangover’s Todd Phillips and based on the origin story of the iconic DC Comics villain, followed Joaquin Phoenix’s failed comedian Arthur Fleck as he descende…

Martin Scorsese is in no rush to watch Joker.

Last year’s comic book thriller, directed by The Hangover’s Todd Phillips and based on the origin story of the iconic DC Comics villain, followed Joaquin Phoenix’s failed comedian Arthur Fleck as he descended into madness and chaos and eventually became Batman’s criminal nemesis.

Phillips revealed in several interviews that Joker was heavily inspired by the Oscar-winning filmmaker’s movies Taxi Driver from 1976 and The King of Comedy from 1982.

However, when asked if he’d seen the critically-acclaimed movie, Scorsese said he was in no hurry to check it out.

“I saw clips of it. I know it. So it’s like, why do I need to? I get it. It’s fine,” the 77-year-old told The New York Times.

He also acknowledged that Joker contained many homages to his own work, and revealed he had passed on an offer from Phillips to become involved, though his longtime collaborator Emma Tillinger Koskoff served as producer on the movie instead.

Scorsese previously discussed turning down the opportunity to direct Joker in an interview with the BBC last year, and said it was due to “personal reasons” that he decided to step away from the comic book project.

“I thought about it a lot over the last four years and decided I did not have the time for it,” he explained. “It was personal reasons why I didn’t get involved, but I know the script very well. It has a real energy and (in) Joaquin, you have remarkable work.”

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Marriage Story’s Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson lead 2020 SAG Awards nominees

Marriage Story stars Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson are among the nominees for the 26th annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards.Driver was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor on Wednesday, while his co-star is in contention for Ou…

Marriage Story stars Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson are among the nominees for the 26th annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards.

Driver was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor on Wednesday, while his co-star is in contention for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role.

He will compete with Christian Bale (Ford v Ferrari), Leonardo DiCaprio, (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood), Taron Egerton (Rocketman), and Joaquin Phoenix (Joker), while Johansson will take on Renee Zellweger (Judy), Charlize Theron, (Bombshell), Lupita Nyong’o (Us), and Cynthia Erivo (Harriet).

The Black Widow star is also nominated in the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for her role in Jojo Rabbit, and is up against her Marriage Story co-star Laura Dern, Jennifer Lopez (Hustlers), and Bombshell co-stars Margot Robbie and Nicole Kidman.

In the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role category, the nominees are Jamie Foxx (Just Mercy), Tom Hanks (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood), The Irishman co-stars Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, as well as Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood).

Competing for the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture are ensembles from Bombshell, The Irishman, Jojo Rabbit, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and Parasite.

Stars of the small screen will also be honoured at the ceremony, and male actors nominated for their TV work include Russell Crowe (The Loudest Voice), Mahershala Ali (True Detective), and Michael Douglas (The Kominsky Method).

Jennifer Aniston (The Morning Show), Michelle Williams (Fosse/Verdon), and Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag) are among the female nominees for TV prizes.

The nominations were revealed by actresses America Ferrera and Danai Gurira at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood.

As previously announced, Robert De Niro will be honoured with a lifetime achievement honour at the event, which will take place at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall on 19 January.

The full list of nominees is as follows:

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Bombshell

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Parasite

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

Cynthia Erivo – Harriet

Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story

Lupita Nyong’o – Us

Charlize Theron – Bombshell

Renee Zellweger – Judy

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Christian Bale – Ford v Ferrari

Leonardo DiCaprio – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Adam Driver – Marriage Story

Taron Egerton – Rocketman

Joaquin Phoenix – Joker

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

Laura Dern – Marriage Story

Scarlett Johansson – Jojo Rabbit

Nicole Kidman – Bombshell

Jennifer Lopez – Hustlers

Margot Robbie – Bombshell

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

Jamie Foxx – Just Mercy

Tom Hanks – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Al Pacino – The Irishman

Joe Pesci – The Irishman

Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

Avengers: Endgame

Ford v Ferrari

The Irishman

Joker

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

Big Little Lies

The Crown

Game of Thrones

The Handmaid’s Tale

Stranger Things

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

Barry

Fleabag

The Kominsky Method

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Schitt’s Creek

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

Jennifer Aniston – The Morning Show

Helena Bonham Carter – The Crown

Olivia Colman – The Crown

Jodie Comer – Killing Eve

Elisabeth Moss – The Handmaid’s Tale

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

Sterling K. Brown – This Is Us

Steve Carrell – The Morning Show

Billy Crudup – The Morning Show

Peter Dinklage – Game of Thrones

David Harbour – Stranger Things

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

Christina Applegate – Dead to Me

Alex Borstein – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Rachel Brosnahan – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Catherine O’Hara – Schitt’s Creek

Phoebe Waller-Bridge – Fleabag

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

Alan Arkin – The Kominsky Method

Michael Douglas – The Kominsky Method

Bill Hader – Barry

Andrew Scott – Fleabag

Tony Shalhoub – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie

Patricia Arquette – The Act

Toni Collette – Unbelievable

Joey King – The Act

Emily Watson – Chernobyl

Michelle Williams – Fosse/Verdon

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie

Mahershala Ali – True Detective

Russell Crowe – The Loudest Voice

Jared Harris – Chernobyl

Jharrel Jerome – When They See Us

Sam Rockwell – Fosse/Verdon

Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series

Game of Thrones

Glow

Stranger Things

The Walking Dead

Watchmen

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Todd Phillips in no rush to make Joker sequel

Joker director Todd Phillips isn’t in a rush to start work on a sequel.The movie’s astonishing box office success has sparked intense speculation that Joaquin Phoenix will reprise his role as Batman’s most famous nemesis in a new movie focusing on the …

Joker director Todd Phillips isn’t in a rush to start work on a sequel.

The movie’s astonishing box office success has sparked intense speculation that Joaquin Phoenix will reprise his role as Batman’s most famous nemesis in a new movie focusing on the next stage of how his misfit character, Arthur Fleck, became the Joker.

However, speaking to the IGN UK podcast, Todd said he and Warner Bros. executives are in no rush to sign the actor up for a follow-up – as he wants to take time out to figure out what the plot should be.

“Well there was (a push for a sequel) even before Joker came out,” he said. “A movie does that kind of business and became that beloved around the world – they had talked to us about it. Joaquin and I had spoken about it anyway as far back as when we were shooting the movie.

“But in all honesty we haven’t gone any further on it. Even Warner Bros. hasn’t. I think they’re just giving us time, and if we can figure it out, and if Joaquin’s down to do it, we would do it. But we haven’t gotten near that yet.”

The film has already made more than $1 billion in cinemas worldwide, despite being targeted at adult audiences – and Todd has plans to get DC Comics and Warner Bros. bosses to fund similar projects focusing on the dark side of their superhero characters.

“I pitched it as three movies, Joker being the first with me, and then these two other movies, with two other directors,” he added of his original plan. “But I don’t really want to name them, because then it’ll become a thing and I’m pulling these directors into it when I’ve never even told them about it. It was just me telling Warner Bros. about it.”

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Todd Phillips shoots down Joker sequel rumours

Todd Phillips has dismissed rumours that he’s working on a Joker sequel.On Wednesday, it was reported that the filmmaker had sat down for talks with Warner Bros. boss Toby Emmerich and explored the idea of a follow-up to his bleak comic book drama, whi…

Todd Phillips has dismissed rumours that he’s working on a Joker sequel.

On Wednesday, it was reported that the filmmaker had sat down for talks with Warner Bros. boss Toby Emmerich and explored the idea of a follow-up to his bleak comic book drama, which starred Joaquin Phoenix as failed comedian-turned-criminal mastermind Arthur Fleck.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, not only was Phillips doing a follow-up to Joker, but had also pitched to create more gritty origin stories for other DC characters.

However, the 48-year-old director has now shot down the reports, insisting that the discussions he’s had haven’t amounted to anything concrete.

“Here’s the real truth about a sequel. While Joaquin and I have talked about it, and while touring the world with Warner Bros. executives – going to Toronto, and Venice, and other places – of course, we’re sitting at dinner and they’re saying, ‘So, have you thought about…?'” he told IndieWire. “But, talking about contracts, there’s not a contract for us to even write a sequel, we’ve never approached Joaquin to be in a sequel. Will that happen? Again, I just think the article was anticipatory at best.”

He also dismissed the rumours that he had approached Emmerich and demanded he explore the back stories of more superheroes and villains in the DC universe, confessing that idea had been “shot down” before Joker was greenlit.

“I’ve been at Warners for 15, 16 years. We have two things in development at all times, not 40 things like some people. I’m not the kind of guy who goes marching in saying I want these 40 titles. I just don’t have the energy,” he shared.

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Director Todd Phillips exploring Joker sequel – report

Director Todd Phillips is reportedly exploring the idea of creating a sequel to Joker.The comic book drama, which follows the bleak origin story of DC’s iconic criminal mastermind, has been a huge success for Warner Bros., and the movie recently became…

Director Todd Phillips is reportedly exploring the idea of creating a sequel to Joker.

The comic book drama, which follows the bleak origin story of DC’s iconic criminal mastermind, has been a huge success for Warner Bros., and the movie recently became the first R-rated movie to pass the $1 billion (£773 million) mark at the worldwide box office.

The filmmaker originally insisted that the movie would be a one-off, but with Joaquin Phoenix’s performance as failed comedian Arthur Fleck generating Oscar buzz, studio boss Toby Emmerich is keen to explore possible ideas for a sequel with Phillips and co-writer Scott Silver, according to editors at Variety.

Sources told the outlet that talks are “very preliminary, no deal is in place, no storyline has been decided upon, and no script is currently being written”, and the 48-year-old director is allegedly adamant that any follow-up sticks to the bleak and offbeat style of the original.

Editors at The Hollywood Reporter report that the filmmaker asked for the rights to develop more gritty films that focused on the backstories of superheroes and villains.

However, an insider at Warner Bros. shot down rumours that Phillips would be creating any more origin stories for other DC characters, and told Variety that any sequel to Joker would “take years” to get off the ground.

In the movie, Phillips teased the possibility that the Joker and Bruce Wayne are related, but he insisted that he wouldn’t be involving the Caped Crusader.

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Joker becomes first R-rated movie to hit $1 billion at worldwide box office

Joker has become the first R-rated movie to hit $1 billion (£771 million) at the worldwide box office.The psychological thriller, which stars Joaquin Phoenix as the titular Batman villain, reached the milestone on Friday, according to editors at Deadl…

Joker has become the first R-rated movie to hit $1 billion (£771 million) at the worldwide box office.

The psychological thriller, which stars Joaquin Phoenix as the titular Batman villain, reached the milestone on Friday, according to editors at Deadline.

Directed by Todd Phillips, the film follows the story of failed comedian Arthur Fleck, who begins a slow descent into madness and transforms into the criminal mastermind called Joker after he is disregarded by society.

The movie joins three other DC superhero movies released by Warner Bros. to reach the coveted milestone: Aquaman, which raked in $1.148 billion (£879 million), 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises, which hit $1.08 billion (£832 million), and The Dark Knight in 2008, which made just over $1 billion (£774 million).

The latter films were directed by Christopher Nolan, with The Dark Knight also featuring the Joker, who was played by the late Heath Ledger. The Australian actor won a posthumous Oscar for his unnerving performance, which was collected by his family at the 2009 Academy Awards.

Joker is also the seventh film by Warner Bros. to cross the $1 billion mark, joining the likes of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Last month, Phillips’s bleak comic book drama also overtook The Matrix Reloaded and Deadpool 2 as the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all-time.

And as reporters at Forbes have noted, the success of Joker was helped by the upcoming James Bond film No Time to Die and superhero flick Wonder Woman 1984.

Both films were due to be released earlier this month but were rescheduled to April and June 2020, respectively.

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Martin Scorsese: ‘I didn’t have time to direct Joker’

Martin Scorsese turned down the chance to direct Joaquin Phoenix in Joker because he didn’t “have time”.In a new interview, the Oscar-winning movie legend admitted he toyed with the idea of stepping behind the camera for the film about the birth of Bat…

Martin Scorsese turned down the chance to direct Joaquin Phoenix in Joker because he didn’t “have time”.

In a new interview, the Oscar-winning movie legend admitted he toyed with the idea of stepping behind the camera for the film about the birth of Batman’s nemesis, but eventually decided to step aside and let Todd Phillips take over.

“I know the film very well,” Scorsese told the BBC. “I know Todd 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 (in) Joaquin, you have remarkable work.”

Scorsese also made it clear he wasn’t about to make a movie about a comic book character and questioned his own ability to be able to make a huge blockbuster action movie.

“Ultimately, I don’t know if I have the ability to take the next step, which is this character developing into a comic book character. He (Joker) develops into an abstraction. It doesn’t mean it’s bad art, it’s just not for me…,” the filmmaker explained. “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. But I do think it’s more of an extension of an amusement park.”

Joker, which also stars Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, and Frances Conroy, was released last month. While Phoenix won praise for his performance, critics have been divided over the handling of violence and the portrayal of mental illness.

At present, Scorsese is promoting his latest project, crime film The Irishman.

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