Martin Scorsese nearly directed 'Joker': 'I didn't have the time for it'

Oh No. Please Spare Me a Sequel to Joker.

Martin Scorsese Considered Directing "Joker" For 4 Years But Ultimately "Didn't Have Time"

Famed director Martin Scorsese said he passed on directing "Joker", the movie that has gone on to become the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time.

As suggested in the op-ed, the larger issue we should be paying attention to is not Scorsese's thoughts on only Marvel movies.

"Many franchise films are made by people of considerable talent and artistry". Arthur leaves the room, but because the movie never explicitly shows what happens to Sophie (she's never seen on screen again), it has left some people wondering if Arthur may have killed her.

He wrote: "Many of the elements that define cinema as I know it are there in Marvel pictures".

He told Empire Magazine that Marvel movies were "not cinema".

Scorsese also that that cinema is about "revelation, aesthetic, emotional and spiritual". Nothing is at risk.

"The closest I can think of them, as well made as they are, with actors doing the best they can under the circumstances, is theme parks", he said. He lamented the fact that "everything in them is officially sanctioned because it can't really be any other way".

"So, you might ask, what's my problem?"

It was reported in 2017 that Scorsese was set to produce the film, which was described as a character study of The Joker, the most notorious villain in DC Comics and archenemy of superhero Batman. The reason is simple.

"It's a perilous time for film exhibition", Scorsese says poignantly in the essay, which is as personal as one of his films.

"After I watch a film by any of these filmmakers, I do know I'll see one thing completely new and be taken to sudden and possibly even unnameable areas of expertise". But I know the script very well.

"Scorsese continued, "[Cinema] was about confronting the unexpected on the screen and in the life it dramatized and interpreted, and enlarging the sense of what was possible in the art form.

Scorsese's The Irishman, which will be released on Netflix and in theaters, includes the director in this streaming future and fight for theater space.

In the piece published on Monday, the Hollywood heavyweight stood by what he said - adding that Marvel films simply weren't to his taste having grown up in a time when cinema was about "complexity and revelation". Scorsese writes that a crucial ingredient missing these days from mega-franchises like the Marvel universe is risk - absent, he says, from characters as well as the filmmaking process itself. For anyone who dreams of making movies or who is just starting out, the situation at this moment is brutal and inhospitable to art. We have so many venues, there are so many ways to make films.

"(Netflix) and it alone, allowed us to make The Irishman the way we needed to, and for that I'll always be thankful.

After sparking backlash from Marvel executives, creatives and loyalists that has persisted for almost a month, Scorsese defended his highly publicized opinions Monday, and added some more for context.

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