Joaquin Phoenix has had noted flirtations with the superhero genre for quite a few years, but only recently has this whole thing heated up somewhat.
The story was that Phoenix was offered Marvel's Doctor Strange before Benedict Cumberbatch, but turned it down because he didn't like the script. Subsequently, he's also been linked with the horribly-misjudged '80s-set Joker origins film with Todd Philips and Martin Scorsese (although he doesn't apparently have a clue what you're talking about), so the question now is - does he actually even like these films in the first place?
In an in-depth interview with LWL, Phoenix gave a frank appraisal of the situation and his own thoughts on them. "I think they make some great, fun movies. There’s nothing wrong… I’m not a fucking, like, cinephile. I’m not a snob and I’m totally fine with... I enjoy those movies sometimes, and I think they keep the fucking industry going in some ways, so I don’t have a problem with it at all."
As for turning down Marvel, Phoenix is, uh, well, diplomatic? Let's go with diplomatic. "I think that everybody was, is… I’m trying to figure out how to say this most diplomatically, okay… I think everybody was really happy with how things turned out. All parties were satisfied."
Right. Less said on that, the better.