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“The Dark Knight” Fans In Memory of Heath Ledger 11 Years After His Death

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The fan-favorite star Heath Ledger passed away on January 22, 2008 – months before the release of The Dark Knight along with the debut of his take on The Joker. Not only the film did change the perception of comic book movies, but the actor’s performance continued to become a defining iteration of the DC Comics villain, which ultimately earned him a posthumous Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

The official cause death of Heath Ledger was a fatal mix of prescription drugs, leading many people to jump to conclusions that playing the character of the Joker took a devastating emotional toll on him. His co-star, Michael Jai White, previously confessed his frustrations with this misrepresentation.

“It upsets me that Heath Ledger gets put in a category, like he was a method actor who inhabited the darkness that consumed him because people write that story in their head,” White told The Hollywood Reporter. “And that could not have been further from the truth. Heath was playful. When the director said ‘cut,’ he would go back to this easygoing, very affable type of guy. And even when there was a day player or people in their shorter roles, naturally they tend to give him privacy and some space. But Heath would be on the one initiating the conversation. He was that type of guy.”

Even though his career was cut short, Heath Ledger delivered audiences multiple impressive performances. That earned him a slew of awards, with the role of The Joker setting new standards for what movies in the superhero genre could accomplish.

Now, scroll down to see what fans are saying on the anniversary of Heath Ledger’s death.

1. IMPORTANT LEGACY

2. A DAY OF REMEMBRANCE

3. INSTANT FAN

4. REMEMBERING HEATH LEDGER

5. MULTIPLE ACCOLADES

6. MISS HIM SO MUCH

7. IN LOVING MEMORY

8. ABSENCE IS MISSED

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James Gunn Reveals Full Cast for The Suicide Squad

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Now that the full cast of James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad film has been revealed. The list was loaded with star powers, returning stars from the original movie, and introducing a few new cast members for DC films.

According to James Gunn’s tweet, the cast list includes: David Dastmalchian, Nathan Fillion, Sean Gunn, Taika Waititi, Daniela Melchior, Viola Davis, John Cena, Joel Kinnaman, Juan Diego Botto, Alice Braga, Peter Capaldi, Idris Elba, Jai Courtney, Mayling NG, Storm Reid, Steve Agee, Julio Ruiz, Joaquin Cosio, Flula Borg, Pete Davidson, Tinashe Kajese, Jennifer Holland, Michael Rooker, and Margot Robbie.

Posting a graphic showing off the 24 names signed up to the forthcoming movie, James Gunn wrote ominously: “Don’t get too attached. #TheSuicideSquad.”

As we can see, several cast members from Suicide Squad (2016) will reprise their roles, including Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flagg, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, and Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang. The rest of the list has not been confirmed which character each star would play. And this time it looks like Will Smith and Jared Leto won’t join The Suicide Squad for their initial roles as the Deadshot and Joker. The previous report said Deadshot would be removed, and Idris Elba would be attached to a new role which has not been unveiled yet. On the bill, we also find former WWE legend John Cena and Thor director Taika Waititi amongst the cast members. In addition to helming the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder, Taika Waititi also directed an episode of Star Wars: The Mandalorian, which will premiere with the launch of Disney+ in November.

The tweet also comes with the first look at The Suicide Squad logo. It takes the inspiration from the original comic book logo directly, as it appeared on John Ostrander and Luke McDonnell’s Suicide Squad #1 in 1987.

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Cast members of 2016’s Suicide Squad.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros. and DC Comics are gearing up for production on The Suicide Squad, which will assemble the film cast in Atlanta next week. With the return of James Gunn as writer and director, The Suicide Squad is set to begin production this month and scheduled to shoot in Georgia for three months before heading to Panama for about a month, according to early reports.

If The Suicide Squad follows the trend of recent DC Comics films, it will tell an isolated story without relying on connections to other heroes and villains scattered across the big screen universe.

“I think that’s the goal,” producer Peter Safran said in an interview. “It’s giving heroes their time to shine and not feeling like you have to shoehorn in some universal connection amongst them all. The studio has been incredibly supportive, and DC has been supportive about saying, ‘Take the time that you’ll need to introduce these characters in the right way and tell the stories that audiences want to see with those characters.”

Guardians of the Galaxy filmmaker James Gunn will be at the helm of The Suicide Squad before he heads back to Marvel for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

The Suicide Squad is due to hit theaters on August 6, 2021.

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Joker’s Rotten Tomatoes Score Drops After a Handful of Negative Reviews

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A flurry of negative remarks about the upcoming Joker movie has resulted in a slight drop of its rating score on Rotten Tomatoes. Following negative reviews from early critics, the rating for Joker currently slipped to 77% positive – after the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). This is, oddly enough, down from 89% in late August, an 8% different. As of this writing, 77 Joker reviews have been submitted to the review aggregating site, 59 of which are positive thus far.

Even though it is just a few weeks away from hitting theaters, Joker is still believed to be one of the most polarizing films of this year. While some have praised the movie as a game-changing masterpiece (especially the transformative performance of  Joaquin Phoenix as the Clown Prime of Crime), others have voiced concern about the potentially problematic approach to its social commentary elements. The debates about the film’s merits should only get more heated when it premieres to the general public next month.

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Obviously, Joker is not beloved by all, but the movie has been making noise on the awards circuit. Before playing at TIFF, Joker had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, where it did receive raves. Joaquin Phoenix was almost proclaimed a player in the Best Actor race of this year, and the movie itself got the inside track on a Best Picture nomination by winning the coveted Golden Lion award at Venice.

This also led to Joker‘s initial Rotten Tomatoes score being very high. However, it looks like more people are weighing in with their thoughts; the movie rating has dipped a bit. According to Rotten Tomatoes guidelines, a wide release film needs at least 80 verified reviews, and at least 75% rating to be considered Certified Fresh, so Joker is still on the cusp of achieving that milestone. Giving the buzz around this highly anticipated R-rated film, it is interesting to keep an eye on things and see how the rating fluctuates over the next couple of weeks, since audiences seem curious to see what all the fuss is about. And as with all films, the best way to decide if Joker is really good or not is to see it for yourself.

Joker officially hits theaters on October 4.

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Marvel Star Dave Bautista Wants to Play a Batman Villain

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Dave Bautista is a fixture of the Marvel Cinematic Universe thanks to his role as Drax in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. The thing is, that does not mean he is opposed to playing a different sort of character over DC’s corner of the cinematic universe, and definitely, he is into one specific idea centered on Batman’s world. The Dark Knight has one of the most iconic lineups of villains in comics, so the options are many, and Dave Bautista could probably bring several of them to life in a unique way. However, thanks to a recommendation from B.J. Mendelson, now we know one villain. That’s Dave Bautista who seems to be behind all the way.

The discussion kicked off when B.J. Mendelson took to Twitter, sharing his thoughts on the new Joker trailer.

“Nope. Still not feeling the ‘Joker’ movie,” he wrote. “If you are going to give a Batman villain a standalone movie, it should be that Matt Hagen Clayface starring @DaveBautista.”

The Drax actor then shared that post, expressing Mendelson’s enthusiasm for the idea. He wrote, “I’m going to enthusiastically agree with you on that!”

Actually, Matt Hagen is the second person to use the Clayface name in the comics. The character is much less well known than the original Basil Karlo, though fans mostly have known him of the Batman: Animated Series, which used the Hagen name but had a story more based on Karlo. Either way, a Bautista Clayface obviously has us intrigued, and we are all for it.

Dave Bautista also took a second to address the Joker movie. He cannot wait to see it, despite not really connecting it to Batman.

“Odd thing is I am dying to see it, but my brain hasn’t connected it to Batman at all,” wrote Bautista. “There is a disconnect for some reason, but I can’t wait to see Joaquin [Phoenix] as The Joker. Look interestingly dark and grounded in the vain of The Dark Knight series. I’m in!”

Dave Bautista has already proven how capable he’s at bringing comic book characters to life on the big screen, as his tenure in the MCU has been universally celebrated. Drax The Destroyer is a fan-favorite member of the Guardians, with Bautista constantly chewing the scenery and popping in one-liners. However, the character also has a heart, and we peel the layers of trauma and grief during each of his appearance on the big screen.

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And just like that, Dave Bautista has thrown his name in the ring to play Clayface for the DC live-action universe. But we have to wait and see what DC and Warner Bros. will do with Batman and his supervillains when the characters remain unknown, as the contents of Matt Reeves’ The Batman is still being kept under wraps. However, there are a ton of characters that have not made it into the shared universe, and Clayface could be a great choice cinematically. Bat-fans out there would be thrilled to see Dave Bautista pivot his Drax character over to the DC side of things. In the meantime, the upcoming DC film is Joker, which hits theaters on October 4.

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“Joker” Rotten Tomatoes Score Is Out

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Joker, the new Todd Phillips-directed movie that imagines the origin story of Batman’s greatest nemesis, premiered at the Venice Film Festival this weekend. The film has already been met with mostly positive reactions. Starring Joaquin Phoenix in the titular role, Joker now has a score up on Rotten Tomatoes. And it is living Fresh at 89% as of this writing.

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(Photo: Rotten Tomatoes – September 4, 2019)

Joker tells the story of Arthur Fleck, a middle-aged man who lives with his mother and has a humiliating day job as a sign-spinning clown. He’s a failed comedian trying to care for his mother. Eventually, the unrelenting cruelty of society compels him to turn to a life full of crime. And that makes him become the titular supervillain. Joker is said to be unlike any other comic book film and will not adapt any specific stories.

The R-rated film is even drumming up some Oscar buzz, especially the performance of Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck/Joker has received an outpouring of praise from early birds. The star has been nominated three times in the acting categories, but has yet to win. Over the years, many actors have played the character of the Joker, with Heath Ledger delivering the greatest portrayal in The Dark Knight (2008). And now, with regards to the Best Actor nod for Joaquin Phoenix, the star has some great big clown shoes to fill, but he also has the unique opportunity of being the main character in his film rather than the antagonist. The last DC film to win an Oscar was Suicide Squad (2016), which took home the award for the Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling. That movie also featured the Joker, but it was a kind of different version that was played by Jared Leto.

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With over 30 reviews being counted, Joker currently still has a high score on Rotten Tomatoes, which is well into “Fresh” territory. In order for a movie earn the site’s “Certified Fresh” accolade, it needs to get a score of 75% or better with 80 reviews counted at least. So far only a limited number of critics have watched the movie, the score for Joker can probably be expected to shift when the next wave of reviews comes out, closer to its official release date in October. However, for now, things are looking very positive so far, though this is definitely a strong opening for such a solo movie.

With fierce discussion already raging around Joker based on the first reviews, it’s going to be interesting to see what direction the conversation will take when fans and the general public go to see Joker in just a few weeks. Its score may go up or down as the movie’s release date is getting closer.

How about you? Are you ready to enjoy the film about the Clown Prince of Crime for yourself? Share with us in the comments!

Joker hits theaters on October 4.

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Joker Gets 8-Minute Long Standing Ovation at Venice Premiere

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On the last Saturday, Joker received an eight-minute standing ovation following its premiere at the Venice Film Festival, Variety reports.

Joker writer and director Todd Phillips and stars Joaquin Phoenix and Zazie Beetz were on hand for the event at Venice. During a press conference, the filmmaker said his drama was inspired by 1928 silent movie The Man Who Laughs as well as the Martin Scorsese-helmed Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, and The King of Comedy, three of Scorsese’s seminal works each headlined by Joker co-star Robert De Niro.

“Why can’t you just do a genre comic-book film like that?” Todd Phillip said if his brooding, R-rated character study, an admitted hard sell for Warner Bros. “We thought that could be an exciting approach to this genre. And I am not sure what it means for Marvel or DC. It was a hard movie for us to get made, even to convince DC and the studio at first, but we thought we’d keep pushing because we thought it would be special.”

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One of the most anticipated movies this fall, Joker, has had a lot of hype around it. First positive reactions for the film have arrived on social media, already earning buzz for Joaquin Phoenix with a potential Best Actor nomination at the 2020 Oscars. One of the high reviews has Joker as an “insane masterpiece” led by a “mesmerizing performance” from Joaquin Phoenix. Forbes writes, “Joker is a phenomenal film, destined to be pitted against [Heath] Ledger’s The Dark Knight performance for the title of the definitive on-screen portrayal of the character.”

Starring Joaquin Phoenix along with Robert De Niro, Marc Maron, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, and Brian Tyree Henry, the gritty, the late ‘70s and early ‘80s-set film is a new take on the character and his origin story. Todd Phillips has previously stated that they did not follow anything from the comics. It is a gamble that he said will likely make some people pretty mad. However, based on the positive reviews of Joker, it is the gamble that has paid off. Many of those critical reviews have praised the performance of Joaquin Phoenix while some have gone as far as to call it one of the best of the year. Though there are some reactions which are a little less than glowing, the overall consensus appears to be that the Joker is still an impressive movie, one that fans will surely want to see for themselves.

While still a month left until the official release date of Joker, the film has already garnered an 89% on Rotten Tomatoes, with 33 reviews counted from critics.

So, are you excited to see Joker next month? The film premieres on October 4.

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“Joker” Movie First Reactions: A Dark Masterpiece

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Finally, the first reactions to Joaquin Phoenix-led Joker have arrived online, and they are generally positive. Directed by Todd Phillips, the new DC Comics and Warner Bros. project is establishing an origin story for the Clown Prince of Crime. Boasting a star-studded cast including Marc Maron, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Brett Cullen, and Frances Conroy, Joker takes fans back in time to the 1980s when the iconic book villain was just a failed comedian known as Arthur Fleck.

Last week, the final trailer for Joker dropped, surprising a lot of people. The movie features a slew of never-before-seen clips but mostly focuses on the titular character played by Joaquin Phoenix. Despite its release inching near, plot details for Joker are still being kept tightly under wraps. However, whatever it turns out to be, fans will be happy to learn that critics are loving Joker as evidenced by these early reactions.

With the early praise as a “cinematic achievement on a high level,” a handful of press and critics have been sharing their non-spoilers reactions to Joker on social media. Most of them have nothing but great things to say about the movie, and that’s good news for fans of the DC Extended Universe. You can read a sampling of the glowing Joker reactions below.

Joker is not based on any narrative from the comic books, so Todd Phillips had full control of how he wanted to craft the story of Arthur Fleck. This also makes for a more interesting film since the public does not have any idea about where the story would go. That said, the filmmaker recently unveiled that he had to go through a whole year just to convince Warner Bros. to green light this project as R-rated, and now it looks like all his effort is worthy as the film gets an official hard R rating. Rumored details about this character also hint at a deeper connection between Joker and his arch-nemesis, Bruce Wayne/Batman, suggesting they may share the same biological father. While fans already know that a young Bruce Wayne will appear in the movie according to the first trailer, Thomas Wayne (Cullen) is expected to play a significant role in how things pan out for Arthur Fleck.

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It is no secret that many were skeptic of a Joker standalone when it was first announced by Warner Bros. However, the public eventually mellowed on the idea, especially after learning the roster of talent attached. On top of that, marketing will likely amplify the anticipation. Assuming Joker garners the same kind of acclaim when it officially hits theaters in October and makes the studio profit, the potential sequel Todd Phillips recently talked about wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility.

Joker hits theaters on October 4.

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“Joker” Officially Gets a Hard R Rating for Disturbing Behavior, Violence & More

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The Todd-Phillips-directed Joker is officially rated R for “strong bloody violence, disturbing behavior, language, and brief sexual images,” according to a rating displayed on the official movie website.

Comedian and actor Marc Maron previously characterized the Joaquin Phoenix-led Joker as a “character study of a mentally ill person who becomes the Joker,” calling the standalone “an intimate and gritty movie with a very specific scope.”

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Back in September, a representative for the Toronto International Film Festival, where Joker will be the first comic book film screened as a Gala presentation, said the movie brings to mind the works of Taxi Driver filmmaker Martin Scorsese and exhibits “an interesting tone and approach” to its DC Comics-inspired source material.

“It is set in the late ‘70s, early ‘80s, and it feels like it was made then. It is gritty in its looks,” co-head and artistic director of TIFF Cameron Bailey told the Toronto Sun. “It has references to Martin Scorsese’s filmmaking, and it feels like a cinematic achievement on a high level. Though it is working with very populist material, it has great ambition. That is why it is a Gala.”

The praise from Cameron Bailey comes after producer Michael E. Uslan, the longtime shepherd of the Batman franchise for Warner Bros., promised Joker is “unlike any comic book movie you have ever seen.”

“Todd Phillips is the filmmaker there, and he had an incredible vision for this. All I can tell you is, in my humble opinion, the world is just getting a little oversaturated with comic book movies and TV everywhere we turn,” said Uslan.

“When I pick up a newspaper and find out that, ‘Oh my godness, on May 5, 2027, Ant-Man 5 is gonna open, so I better write that down in my calendar,’ the world has gone a little bit haywire. And not being a great fan in any media of oversaturation, I love it when something comes out and it is different, and it is unique.”

“I thought the Guardians of the Galaxy was different and unique when it came out. I also thought Deadpool was different and unique when it came out. This Joker movie is different and unique. It is unlike any comic book movie you have ever seen,” Michael E. Uslan said at Germany’s CCXP Cologne convention. “Maybe it’s more like a Martin Scorsese, low-budget film noir crime drama, but I have all the faith in Todd [Phillips], the brilliantly talented Joaquin Phoenix, and Robert De Niro. It is an incredible, incredible group of people that is brought this to life.”

Joker stars Joaquin Phoenix, Zazie Beetz, Robert De Niro, and Frances Conroy. The film opens in theaters on October 4.

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IT Director Andy Muschietti Confirms The Flash Movie Is His Next Project

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Filmmaker Andy Muschietti scored a breakout hit with his remake of Stephen King’s IT (2017). And now he is poised to put another big box office win under his belt when IT: CHAPTER TWO hits theaters. In fact, Warner Bros. has been so happy with Andy Muschietti’s work that they have given him the director’s chair on DC’s The Flash movie!

If there was any doubt that Andy Muschietti would be taking on The Flash, now we can put it to rest. The IT director has officially confirmed that he will be tackling The Flash as his next cinematic project.

During an interview with Fandango for IT: CHAPTER TWO, Andy Muschietti was directly asked if he was indeed helming The Flash. He confirmed as much with a “Yup,” and even offered a brief tease of what appealed to him about the story of the speedster hero. Hint: don’t expect a horror-themed Flash film.

“What captivated me about The Flash is the human drama in it,” Andy Muschietti explained. “The human feelings and emotions that play in the drama [of it]. It is going to be fun, too. I can’t promise that there’ll be any horror [elements in it], really, but it is a beautiful human story.”

So that kind of tease leaves the door wide open for what kind of Flash story DC Films will be telling. Christina Hodson (Bumblebee, Birds of Prey) is handling The Flash script. However, with so few credits under her belt, it is hard to identify what kind of narrative signature she will be bringing to the table. Her Bumblebee managed to mix heart and fun spectacle, so hopefully, The Flash can do the same.

The previous DC Extended Universe version of this Flash film drew upon the famous “Flashpoint” storyline from the 2011 comics. The story sees Barry Allen use his speed for selfish ends, going back in time to prevent his mother’s murder and save his dad from a prison sentence. This act creates a new DC Universe timeline in which the superhero/supervillain characters are remixed into new roles that threaten the world balance. And in the end, Flash must sacrifice his personal wants to restore a universe that, though not perfect, is better than the dark alternative.

The issue with “Flashpoint” is that it is an event story that may feature Flash, but also has an entire Justice League’s worth of DC characters to cover. While it may be good for giving the DCEU a much-needed reboot, it would not necessarily be the kind of “beautiful human story” that Andy Muschietti describes. Then again, Christina Hodson is already knee-deep in several DC film projects, so interconnectivity may indeed be what The Flash is going for.

The release date for The Flash is not slated yet. Other upcoming DC films include Joker on October 4th; Birds of Prey (& the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) on February 7th, 2020; Wonder Woman 1984 on June 5th, 2020; The Batman on June 25th, 2021; The Suicide Squad on August 6th, 2021; and Aquaman 2 on December 16th, 2022.

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“Joker” Final Trailer Officially Released

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Now get ready to put on a happy face.

The latest trailer for DC’s Joker film has officially arrived. On Wednesday, Warner Bros. debuted the new batch of footage for the upcoming standalone movie, after the first trailer a few months ago.

Joker will follow Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix) as a failed stand-up comedian whose descent into madness turns him into the villain of a corrupt Gotham City. This R-rated movie will be completely independent of DC’s current output of films. Joker is also set to provide an entirely new take on the ever-elusive origin story of the villain.

“We did not follow anything from the comic books, which people are going to be mad about,” Joker director Todd Phillips recently explained during an interview. “We just wrote our own version of where a guy like Joker might come from. That is what was interesting to me. We are not even doing Joker, but the story of becoming Joker. It is about this man.”

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Much of the dismay of Jared Leto fans as well as die-hard supporters of this franchise, Warner Bros. is now moving forward with a Joker origin movie starring Joaquin Phoenix as the iconic DC villain. While the actor may have been sketchy on the details of the film, he finally opened up about his take on the Joker when previously speaking to Collider, saying it is unlike anything he has seen before.

“I would not quite classify this as like any genre,” Joaquin Phoenix said. “I would not say it is a superhero movie, or studio movie,… It feels unique. And I think more than anything, probably the most important thing, is Todd seems very passionate about it and very giving. So that is so exciting. I think, underneath the excitement of these movies, and the size of them, there are incredible characters that are dealing with real-life struggles. Sometimes that’s uncovered and exposed. Sometimes it is not. And so I always felt like there were characters in comics that were really interesting and deserved the opportunity to be kind of studied. And so I think that is what Todd sees appealing about this idea.”

Even before the official announcement was made, fans believed that this Joker tale would be vastly different from other versions of the character that have appeared on the big screen in the past. Not only did reports state that Joker would be a gritty ‘80s ere crime noir, but the movie’s reported budget was also much, much lower than any other DC films in recent years. Todd Phillips was expected to work with just over $50 million for this venture, which is significantly cheaper than the likes of Justice League, Suicide Squad, or Wonder Woman.

“I take a lot of time and consideration when making decisions and what I am going to work on, always,” added Phoenix. “In some ways, the process, which is obviously reading a script and meeting a filmmaker and continuing to have meetings and discussions with Todd. I think he is very impressive and seems to have a very interesting understanding of this world and what he is trying to say. So there’s something very appealing about that and working with him on this particular project. It feels unique. It’s its own world in some ways. And maybe, mostly, it scares the f-cking sh-t out of me or something. It might as well be the thing that scares you the most.”


It seems that everything is pointing to this Joker film being something completely unique. And that might be the best idea that DC has had in some time.

After only two days releasing the final trailer, Joker already has the Internet buzz.

Needless to say, with a character as beloved as the Clown Prince of Crime, DC fans are scrutinizing every single aspect of this Joker version, especially the all-important laugh of Joker starring Joaquin Phoenix. Many fans have even taken to Twitter to scream an Oscar for the actor. And if the early buzz for this performance is accurate, Joaquin Phoenix could become the second person to earn an Oscar for playing the role after Heath Ledger, who won posthumously in 2009. Keep scrolling below to see some of the tweets from fans currently.

Alongside Joaquin Phoenix, the cast of Joker includes Zazie Beetz (Sophie Dumond), Brett Cullen (Thomas Wayne), Robert De Niro (Murray Franklin), Frances Conroy (Penny Fleck). Douglas Hodge (Alfred Pennyworth), Marc Maron (Ted Marco), Josh Pais (Hoyt Vaughn), with Bryan Callen, Bryan Tyree Henry, Shea Whigham, and Glen Fleshler.


Joker hits theaters on October 4.

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Joker Movie Described as “Cinematic Achievement on a High Level”

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Todd Phillips’ Joker is a “cinematic achievement on a high level,” says Cameron Bailey, co-head/artistic director of the Toronto International Film Festival, where the Warner Bros. movie will be the first comic book film screened as a Gala presentation.

“First of all, it is terrific. It should play on our largest stage,” Cameron Bailey told the Toronto Sun.

“But it is a really original take on comic book movies and the Joker character in particular. It is not based on an existing story, it has one of the greatest actors in modern cinema, Joaquin Phoenix, in the lead, and Robert De Niro as well, one of the best actors that has ever lived.”

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Joaquin Phoenix as Joker.

Cameron Bailey added Joker, set outside the DC Extended Universe, “has an interesting tone and approach to it.”

“It is set in the late ‘70s, early ‘80s. It feels like it was made then. It is gritty in its look,” said Bailey. “It has references to Martin Scorsese’s filmmaking, and it feels like a cinematic achievement on a high level. Although it is working with very populist material, it has great ambition. That’s why it is a Gala.”

Moreover, the R-rated examination of the infamous Batman villain is “very cinematic,” he said.

During the CCXP Cologne convention in Germany, longtime Batman franchise producer Michael E. Uslan, the executive producer on Joker, promised the film is “unlike any comic book movie you have ever seen.”

“I thought the Guardians of the Galaxy was different and unique when it came out. I also thought Deadpool was different and unique when it came out. This Joker movie is different and unique. It is unlike any comic book movie you have ever seen,” Uslan said earlier.

“Maybe it’s more like a Martin Scorsese, low-budget film noir crime drama, but I have all the faith in Todd [Phillips], the brilliantly talented Joaquin Phoenix, and Robert De Niro. It is an incredible, incredible group of people that is brought this to life.”

Joker is slated to hit theaters on October 4.

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