What a day it has been for comic book fans like myself. Just as I finally got through and brought my tickets for Avengers: Endgame I get a notification on my phone saying director Todd Phillips has made a new post on his Instagram. Without hesitation I went to his page because I knew it would be something Joker related. Well, to my surprise it was more than that. Not only did Todd Phillips give us our first look at the poster for the movie, he also announced we’re getting a teaser trailer tomorrow!
Warner Bros. also created a Twitter account for the movie and provided us a promotional banner.
Shortly after I received a press release from Warner Bros. detailing the movie.
Check out the official synopsis for The Joker:
“Joker centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck (Phoenix), a man disregarded by society, is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.”
One detail I found really interesting in the press release is how it states Robert De Niro is starring in the movie alongside Joaquin Phoenix. It looks like he’s going to have a major role in the movie. I honestly can’t wait for the trailer tomorrow.
Check back here tomorrow for my breakdown/reaction to the trailer.
In case you didn’t know already. There is a solo Joker movie starring Joaquin Phoenix (directed by Todd Phillips) currently in production. Filming only just started last week and thanks to Just Jared, we have gotten our first look at Phoenix’s Joker in action. Also director Todd Phillips, I’m guessing has responding to these leaked by giving us our first official look at Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker.
See below for the set photos and Todd Phillip’s post:
Just a couple of minutes after these set photos leaked. Director Todd Phillips took to Instagram and gave us our first official look at Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker (Arthur).
This Joker movie is going to be an origin movie which is set in the 80s. It will not feature Batman. But, it will feature his father, Thomas Wayne. The movie is not going to be connected to the DCEU at all. And it will stand alone in its own universe.
The Joker movie is set to be released on 4, October 2019
10 years ago we lost Heath Ledger, not only did we lose one of the best main villains ever to grace the big screen but we also lost an amazing actor and person in general. I cannot believe how quickly time has flown. It feels like I was just watching him as The Joker in The Dark Knight a couple of months ago. Granted Heath Ledger had made his name way before stepping into the role of The Joker with his performances in films such as ‘Brokeback Mountain’, ’10 Things I Hate About You’ and ‘A Knight’s Tale’. However my first introduction to Heath Ledger was with his iconic performance as The Joker in ‘The Dark Knight’. Now when I first watched The Dark Knight I believe I was about 10 years old, way too young to watch the film at the time now that I think about it. All I remembered from The Dark Knight was how incredible The Joker was. What I loved the most about Heath’s performance when first watching it was I didn’t even care about the actor at the time all I saw was The Joker, I was so taken back by his performance.
Only after watching the film I came to find out that Heath had actually passed away before the film came even out. Correct me if i’m wrong but I don’t believe Heath actually got to see the final product of his work like we all did. I was heart broken to find this out given the amount of work he put into this role. Heath was in full creative control from the look, mannerisms and even the dialogue with The Joker. Reading a past interview from Christopher Nolan with the BBC he claimed that he learned a lot from the way Heath created this character and his performance in general. If that’s not one of the biggest compliments ever then I don’t know what is.
Looking back on Heath’s performance in The Dark Knight it’s so hard for me to pick just one of his scenes as my favourite. If I were to use a word to describe his performance it would be ‘unpredictable’. You didn’t know what you were going to get next with The Joker. You certainly didn’t trust him and you had no idea of what he was planning. This is shown in scenes where Batman interrogates him for the first time, they should have just given him his Oscar for his performance in that scene alone. No where is the unpredictably of the Joker is shown in the scenes where he describes his origins. He changes it all the time especially about how he got his scars. The scene where he crashes the party is incredible, his performance to this day still has me on edge when he’s talking about putting a razor blade in his mouth providing with yet another story on how he got those scars.
Recently I also watched the new ‘I Am Heath Ledger’ documentary which I cannot recommend highly enough for anyone to watch. It really made me appreciate the person Heath Ledger a lot more. I saw him as someone who was more than just an actor. He lived his life as a free spirit, did what he wanted, put his family and friends first. As much as he loved acting he didn’t enjoy the limelight that came along with it. If you didn’t know Heath actually turned down the role of Peter Parker in the Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies because of this. Anyone else would have probably taken that chance in a heartbeat, it really says a lot about him as a person.
Now 10 years later what is Heath Ledger’s legacy? Well for me he will forever hold a special place in my heart. He will always be remembered for providing me with one of the best performances ever on the big screen. As for his legacy when it comes to comic book films, well it speaks for itself. When the casting of Heath Ledger was announced it wasn’t well received by Hollywood. However Heath with his performance set the bar so high that some may argue he has eclipsed what the likes of Mark Hamill and Jack Nicholson brought to the character. Anyone who steps into the big shoes of The Joker in the future as we saw with Jared Leto will always be compared to with Heath Ledger. While some look to make correlations between Heath taking this iconic role and his untimely death. I like to remember Heath Ledger for what he left us with which is not only a single performance but a whole career that will be talked about for a number of decades.
Let me know what you think of Heath Ledger’s legacy 10 years later
What’s your favourite Joker scene/moment from The Dark Knight?
When it comes to comic book films will we ever see a better performance from a main villain?
With all of the rumoured DC projects that are set to be put in motion one announced this week has caused quite a stir with comic book fans on the internet. The latest project added to the already crowded DC slate of films is a Joker origin movie. The film is set to be directed by The Hangovers Todd Phillips and to be produced by the legendary Martin Scorsese. What is also confirmed is that Jared Leto will not being returning to the role as the studio are opting for a younger Joker to fit in the 80’s setting. It’s safe to say Leto is not happy with this decision who responded “I’m a little confused too, but yeah, there are a couple of things happening in the DC world”. One has to feel sorry for Jared Leto given his issues with how little there was of him in Suicide Squad. Also what would make him somewhat angry with the studio is that with this ‘younger Joker’, Leonardo DiCaprio is said to be on the shortlist to play the role. Wouldn’t Leto be preferred as a young Joker compared to DiCaprio? Well I’m no expert I guess with CGI and make up Hollywood could make anything work today.
Now what has been discussed the most about this potential film is the Joker’s origins. If anyone is familiar with the Joker it’s that he has no origin really. That’s part of the mystery with the Joker and why we love him so much. Heath Ledger brought this across the best in the Dark Knight by every time changing the story of how he got his scars. No one knows anything about his past and upbringing which what makes him such an unpredictable villain. Now there have been hints at the Joker’s origins with Alan Moore’s iconic The Killing Joke. This novel was a great take on the character on the Joker by actually making him somewhat of a sympathetic figure and all it took was for him to have one bad day to make him who is he. In comparison this showed the similarities of the Joker and Batman in how the night Bruce Wayne’s parents were murdered he was always destined to become the Batman. This is the worry with Comic book fans, if we get the origins of the Joker does he as a character lose his lure? Can’t this be a character in which we never fully understand and is left to a mystery?
With that being said a Joker film described as a crime Drama set in the 80s under the direction of Martin Scorsese does sound like a great movie either way. It’s just whether it can be executed correctly and keep intact what we have always love about the Joker Character.