Darren Aronofsky wanted Joaquin Phoenix in his Batman movie

Darren Aronofsky wanted Joaquin Phoenix in his Batman movie

Darren Aronofsky wanted Joaquin Phoenix to star in his proposed 'Batman' movie.

The 51-year-old filmmaker was poised to make a 'Batman' film shortly after the success of 'Requiem for a Dream' in 2000, and he's now revealed that Joaquin was being eyed to star in the project.

He told Empire magazine: "The studio wanted Freddie Prinze Jr and I wanted Joaquin Phoenix.

"I remember thinking, 'Uh oh, we're making two different films here.' That's a true story. It was a different time. 'The Batman' I wrote was definitely a way different type of take than they ended up making."

Aronofsky also revealed he was keen to take the 'Batman' franchise in a new direction.

He said: "'The Batman' that was out before me was 'Batman and Robin', the famous one with the nipples on the Batsuit, so I was really trying to undermine that, and reinvent it. That's where my head went."

Meanwhile, Zazie Beetz recently admitted she doesn't think 'Joker' needs a sequel.

The actress - who played Sophie Dumond opposite Joaquin's Arthur Fleck in the Todd Phillips-directed movie - insisted the studio should be careful when it comes to making a follow-up film.

She said: "I don't know. I don't know if it needs one. I think there is a lot of strength in not milking something."

However, Zazie would be up for a return if the director decided a sequel was right for the character.

She added: "Honestly, I feel like Todd would be the person to be able to do that tastefully, I think, if he felt it needed one.

"I really trust him. He's really creative and smart - so sure."

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