It's possible Joker could have been directed by Martin Scorsese instead of Todd Phillips.
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A source close to Scorsese claims the filmmaker considered directing the project before dropping out.
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Scorsese was attached as an executive producer before leaving the project entirely.
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Instead, the prolific filmmaker focused on completing his upcoming film The Irishman.
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A representative for Scorsese denied the claim, saying he was only ever interested in producing.
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Phillips first pitched the film to Warner Bros. in 2016.
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Scorsese has since publicly lambasted superhero films produced by Marvel Studios.
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Scorsese said the MCU films are "not cinema," comparing them instead to theme parks.
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