Joker is one of the most iconic villains in the superhero universe – one that intrigues the curiosity of every DC fan, or even a DC Universe critic. After teasing DC fans for the longest time, director Todd Phillips offered a quick sneak peek into the film ‘Joker‘ at Cinema Con on Tuesday.
It’s really happening – Joaquin Phoenix is playing the Joker in a new film. Batman’s arch nemesis has a long, storied history in film, most notably Heath Ledger’s remarkable incarnation in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, for which he won a posthumous Academy Award (Ledger tragically passed away not long after the film was completed).
And now, Phoenix will take on the mantle to tell his origin story under the direction of Todd Phillips. The film looks like it’s shaping up to be a more of a gritty character-driven thriller than your traditional superhero fare. Check out another, earlier Teaser,Final trailer watch.
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Joker director Todd Phillips has said that it was a year-long process convincing the studio to take a risk on his offbeat script (via the Los Angeles Times).
We didn’t follow anything from the comic-books, which people are gonna be mad about, Phillips said to Empire. We just wrote our own version of where a guy like Joker might come from. That’s what was interesting to me. We’re not even doing Joker, but the story of becoming Joker. It’s about this man.
This is definitely a darker, more grounded Gotham, plagued by a lunatic dressed like a clown. Arkham State Hospital appears – the teaser is set to Nat King Cole’s “Smile”. Way more of a psychological thriller. DC’s darkest movie yet?#Joker #CinemaCon pic.twitter.com/2lQ5uMSdtX— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) April 2, 2019
I thought Guardians of the Galaxy was different and unique when it came out. I thought Dead pool was different and unique when it came out, Uslan explained, as reported by Comic book.com. “This Joker movie is different and unique and it’s unlike any comic book movie you’ve ever seen.
And it’s a sentiment also echoed by fans who saw the trailer first at CinemaCon.
First teaser for Joker is super dark and disturbing – the downfall of a man, dragged and beaten down until he turns and beats up on a world turned against him,” he said. We knew there was a good reason Joaquin took on the role.
Joker premiered at the 76th Venice International Film Festival on 31st August, 2019. It will also screen at the Toronto International Film Festival on 9th September, 2019 and is scheduled to be released theatrically by Warner Bros. Pictures on 4th October, 2019.
- Joaquin Phoenix
- Robert De Niro
- Zazie Beetz
- Frances Conroy