Note: this article contains minor spoilers for Joker.
It turns out that Joaquin Phoenix did have one reservation about Joker – namely the movie including Bruce Wayne’s father Thomas.
The movie depicts Batman’s father alongside the young Bruce, and the actor initially didn’t like the fact that the movie has explicit ties to the comic book mythology.
“He never liked saying the name Thomas Wayne,” director Todd Phillips told The New York Times.
“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.”
There has been further speculation that the movie could cross over with Robert Pattinson’s Batman in the future – though Phillips has been quick to shut this down.
“No, definitely not,” he said, adding that there will be other versions of the Joker in the future that Pattinson could do battle with.
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“Oddly, in the States, comic books are our Shakespeare it seems, and you can do many, many versions of Hamlet,” he added to Variety. “There will be many more Jokers, I’m sure, in the future.”
Joker has a release date of October 4 in the US and UK.