Batman’s psychopathic nemesis is finally going to have his own film!
The Joker is more than just Batman’s most infamous enemy. He’s also one of comics’ most iconic villains, with a long history of memorable portrayals on both the big screen and on television. This upcoming American crime film based on the DC Comics character of the same name, it is intended to be the first film in a series of DC-based films separate from the shared DC Extended Universe (DCEU).
In Joker, he is a failed stand-up comedian that is driven insane and becomes a psychopathic criminal mastermind.
More than 30 years after Jack Nicholson portrayed the Clown Prince of Crime in Tim Burton’s Batman and a decade after Heath Ledger’s award-winning turn as the maniacal villain in The Dark Knight, Joaquin Phoenix will star in Joker, a solo feature intended to provide the character with a new cinematic origin story.
Phoenix had been interested in a lower-budget character study-type film about a comic book villain since 2014. After deciding to explore standalone movies not connected to the DCEU, Warner Bros. and DC Films announced plans for a joker-centered film in August 2017.
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Did you know? In September 2017, Warner Bros. was considering casting Leonardo DiCaprio as the Joker? Interesting, right?
Well, this is all very subjective, and while it sounds like the feature has fared well with insiders so far, it was said that Phoenix has been crushing the role and you couldn’t be blamed for holding onto your doubts that the director of The Hangover Part III as a Joker movie this good in him.
Although the story will focus on the origin of Joker, Bruce Wayne and the Wayne family’s famous butler, Alfred Pennyworth, will also play roles in the film. Douglas Hodge (Penny Dreadful) and young actor Dante Pereira-Olson will reportedly play Alfred and a young Bruce Wayne in the film.
Now this is what we have all been waiting for right? With all of those versions of Joker, we now have the chance to see this standalone Joker origin in the Philippine Cinemas this year! Anticipate it, fellow DCEU fans! It is finally happening!