It is well known that Joaquin Phoenix has eschewed comic book movie roles in the past, like when he was attached to play Doctor Strange in the MCU. The film traces Arthur Fleck's journey from lonely, misunderstood, mentally ill outsider to a domestic terrorist. The script revolves around a failed stand-up comedian who takes the path of crime and creates chaos in Gotham City.
"When I was 15 or 16 my brother River [Phoenix] came home from work and he had a VHS copy of a movie called "Raging Bull" and he sat me down and made me watch it". You can check out all of the officially released stills from Joker in the gallery below! "Joaquin Phoenix is astounding - the physicality of his work is especially impressive", Nemiroff wrote.
Reeves had previously revealed that the new Batman movie will feature a younger Batman and it will not be based on "any particular [comic book]", Comicbook.com reports. On the other hand, Christian Bale and Kristen Stewart have been all praise for Robert Pattinson after he was named the new Batman.
Speaking of aliases, Joker has gone by a couple since his print debut - including The Red Hood, Dr. J. Reko and Dr. Laffo, Melvin Reipan (in Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight by Dennis O'Neil and Bret Blevins), Jack White, and more. Positioned as a sort of original "incel", Phillips' Joker could end up being a cautionary tale for our modern times - and Phoenix is contributing to that as well. It longed seem like the acclaimed actor would never play a comic book character until he finally relented to join director Todd Phillips' Joker.More news: Podium Order For ABC Democratic Debate On Sept. 12
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As if that were not enough, this breakthrough already let us see the great load of violence that the feature film will have, so we could say that this will be a rather crude, unsafe and murky project, three elements that are already embodied in the upset Joker's mind.
Some have wondered if the movie will make viewers root for or against the character.
But Joker isn't just a potential awards contender, it's the latest offering from Warner Bros. and DC Films that further cements their pivot towards singular standalone films rather than putting a premium on the shared universe. Joker will be released in theaters on October 4. The movie has been rated R for elements including bloody violence and disturbing behavior, very much making it in line with the more dastardly version of the Joker seen in most iterations of the character.