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The Irishman director took a break from his “Marvel isn’t cinema” contributions to reveal why he didn’t direct the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time.

Despite spending four years working in some capacity developing Joker — director Todd Phillips’ controversial blockbuster about the origins of Batman’s nemesis — producer Martin Scorsese ultimately decided not to direct the film.

As audiences know, Joaquin Phoenix’s gritty take on the Clown Prince of Crime is inspired by and borrows from such Scorsese classics as The King of Comedy and Taxi Driver (especially the former). And the idea of Scorsese making his first comic book movie, despite his divisive comments about the artistic merits of Marvel’s, is worthy of the admission price alone. So why did he abandon the project before it got the greenlight in 2018? His answer may surprise you.

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Source: No Film School