It’s slated for an October 2019 release, but the upcoming Joker movie is already getting a lot of attention from news outlets. This is all down to the recent flurry of videos and photos online which show off Joaquin Phoenix in his terrifying clown prince of crime get-up. A short video from TMZ let fans see Phoenix’s Joker in action for the first time.
There’s a buzz around the Joker standalone movie for various reasons. One of which being that the film has been touted as an 80’s crime drama – rather than adding to the superhero fatigue. Not only that, but the film is going to be entirely separate to the DC extended universe (DCEU).
Obviously there is a portion of the cinema audience who may be puzzled by this, considering they’ve not long ago seen Jared Leto’s notorious and silver-toothed Joker in Suicide Squad. But, to fans delight, this version of the Joker doesn’t seem to have any edgy tattoos in sight.
The photos and TMZ video detail what looks like a gritty and sinister interpretation of the famous villain; reimagined by director Todd Phillips who’s known for his work on the Hangover movies. Phillips has previously revealed that the standalone film will tell the story of Arthur Fleck, AKA the Joker, a failing comedian in the 1980’s who’s life descends into “chaos and crime”.
These new photos come only a few days after we were treated to a camera test posted on Phillips’ Instagram. The video, shown below, depicts Arthur Fleck transforming into his criminal mastermind alter ego.
So far, all the previews of the standalone movie look rather promising, which has fans cautiously optimistic. But, for now, this Joker is sure to be fuelling everyone’s newly formed night terrors.
The Gotham City villain has been played by various actors over the years, including Jack Nicholson in 1989’s Batman, and Heath Ledger in 2008’s The Dark Knight, a role for which he was post humorously awarded an Oscar.
Jared Leto is still expected to return as Batman’s nemesis in the future, although, there is a cloud of doubt whether other actors in the DCEU will be reprising their roles. Henry Cavill is understood to be in contract negotiations for his role as Superman, and Ben Affleck has long been reported to be dropping out of the solo Batman movie. However, Aquaman, starring Jason Momoa, is releasing later this year and the Wonder Women sequel, 1984, is set for a 2019 release with Gal Gadot returning to play the Amazonian warrior. There’s no doubt the success of these flicks on the DC roster will certainly influence what they decide to do in the future, and whether or not the DCEU is still a priority.