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  • It's possible Joker could have been directed by Martin Scorsese instead of Todd Phillips. 1 / 9

  • A source close to Scorsese claims the filmmaker considered directing the project before dropping out. 2 / 9

  • Scorsese was attached as an executive producer before leaving the project entirely. 3 / 9

  • Instead, the prolific filmmaker focused on completing his upcoming film The Irishman. 4 / 9

  • A representative for Scorsese denied the claim, saying he was only ever interested in producing. 5 / 9

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  • Phillips first pitched the film to Warner Bros. in 2016. 6 / 9

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  • Scorsese has since publicly lambasted superhero films produced by Marvel Studios. 7 / 9

  • Scorsese said the MCU films are "not cinema," comparing them instead to theme parks. 8 / 9

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