New Joker movie it’s on its way
The Joker will put his makeup on again in a new production of DC together with Warner Bros.
This time, the Oscar nominee, Joaquin Phoenix (The Master, 2012; Her, 2013) will be portraying the main role, continuing the legacy of actors like Jack Nicholson in Batman, 1989), Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight, 2008) and Jared Leto in the not-so-good Suicide Squad (2016), third entry in the DC Extended Universe.
The movie will explore the origins of the legendary “Clown Prince of Crime” of Gotham City, who’s been known for having an unknown background and for being surrounded by a cloud of mystery. With USD 55 million assigned, this low-budget film will go through the main character’s life, within an 80’s world where Batman has not appeared yet.
Directed by Todd Phillips (The Hangover Trilogy, 2009-2011-2013), the film will tell the story of Arthur Fleck, a failed comedian immersed in regret, crime and violence. Phoenix will be accompanied by Zazie Beetz (Deadpool 2, 2018) and Brett Cullen (True Detective, 2019) in the role of Thomas Wayne, father of a young Bruce Wayne played by Dante Pereira-Olson (Happy!, 2017-2018).
As it is a story about the origin of the Joker, it is expected that the film will be inspired on titles such as Alan Moore’s The Killing Joke and The King of Comedy, a 1983 dark comedy flick, directed by Martin Scorsese (who has been working on Joker as an Executive Producer) and starred by Robert De Niro, whose participation in the movie has been confirmed.
Even though Jared Leto will not reprise his role as the Joker, it’s been confirmed that this new movie will not be a part of the DC Extended Universe. Instead, it will be the beginning of a new series of films based on the DC characters under the possible title of DC Dark or DC Black.
Could a comedy director be up to the challenge of making a movie based on one of the most iconic characters of the Pop Culture? We’ll only know it when Joker hits theaters on October 4th, 2019.