For all the flack that Hollywood gets for rehashing material, you have to give it to its elements when they’re combined accordingly, and in a way that resoundingly fits.
After winning hearts and minds at CinemaCon this week, Warner Bros. Pictures’ continued onward with its now public campaign for the October 4 release, Joker. The latest incarnation from Todd Phillips now presents a non-universal take on the iconic DC Comics villain that might even have you pining over a few “what would’ve been’s” or “could’ve been’s” with this new venture starring Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix in the title role.
The last we heard on the upcoming untitled Joker movie from The Hangover director Todd Phillips, Alec Baldwin pretty much came and left from the role of Thomas Wayne, patriarch of the Wayne family whose tragic fallout would birth the rise of the Dark Knight himself, Batman. Granted, this film doesn’t share space with Warner Bros.’ current DCEU timetable, and so therein lies the question of just what will apply with this particular film.
Joaquin Phoenix Is Officially Playing The Joker In A Standalone Film To Begin Shooting In NYC This Fall
Joaquin Phoenix, (You Were Never Really Here) is officially tapped to star as the Joker in The Hangover helmer Todd Philips’ new take on the DC Comics villain. Borys Kit’s Heat Vision blog confirmed news at The Hollywood Reporter with word that a September production start in New York City has been given a go from Warner Bros. Pictures.
Lynne Ramsay’s new crime thriller, You Were Never Really Here, is just a few months out from its U.S. release. Between now and then, much will be ado with its star, actor Joaquin Phoenix, who is now the center of new discussions surrounding Warner Bros.’s upcoming standalone Joker film.
As Variety’s exclusive on Thursday notes, further studio negotiations remain pending while the actor himself thought it over and ultimately agreed to star in the film after meeting with Phillips late last year. Phillips will pen the script with Scott Silver to shape the narrative of the 80’s set story in the gritty vein of Martin Scorsese titles like Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and The King Of Comedy, tackling the origins of how the Clown Prince Of Gotham came to be.
The new film will arrive under a forthcoming banner of DC Comics to further expand on stories yet to be told in the cinematic universe. Before all else, actor Jared Leto is expected to continue the role into the upcoming Suicide Squad sequel after appearing in the 2016 summer hit.
Details remain as things start to brew but the report also states it may seek a younger actor to succeed that of actors Cesar Romero, Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger, and actor Jared Leto who will seperately appear in an upcoming Suicide Squad sequel.