Joker: Suicide Squad Star Praises Joaquin Phoenix Performance


Several Suicide Squad stars, including Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney and Joel Kinnaman, appeared in a photo by James Gunn posted earlier this month from a screening of Joker. Despite the substantially negative critical reception the film has received, filmmakers and general audiences -- including the Suicide Squad cast -- have had nothing but praise.

Kinnaman recently appeared on a Variety Big Ticket podcast to talk about the upcoming Suicide Squad sequel and his experience working under the direction of Gunn. The actor took the time to talk about what he saw in Joker, praising Phoenix's performance in the film. "Joaquin [Phoenix] just crushed it. Wow. He is incredible. He's such an actor." Much like the critics and filmmakers that have praised Joker's distinct place in the comic book film genre, Kinnaman then stated, "It's surprising to see that kind of a performance in something that has a DC wrapper on it, because that's a real art film."

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The actor then talked about his experience with mental illness and how Phoenix's performance managed to capture the realities of it on some level. "I have a sister who's schizophrenic, and I've drawn on some of her behavioral things in things that I've done earlier, and, yeah, I was really struck by how accurate his [performance was]."

As is almost customary with ever iteration of the Joker, Arthur Fleck has been compared by audiences to every past live-action adaptation of the comic book villain, shedding light, once again, on the flaws of Joker as depicted in Suicide Squad. News surrounding Jared Leto's attempt at quashing Todd Phillips' standalone Joker film has certainly not helped its popularity.

Directed by Todd Phillips, Joker stars Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Douglas Hodge, Marc Maron, Josh Pais and Shea Whigham. The film is now in theaters.

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