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This is no Joke: JOAQUIN PHOENIX is Officially The Joker

written by Gary Hoy July 12, 2018
Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker

Warner Bros. Has Made it Official!

Warner Brothers Pictures has made the announcement that Todd Phillips’ movie about The Joker, will star Joaquin Phoenix.

The film under the direction of Phillips is supposed to be a gritty stand-alone story that follows the iconic rise of the Clown Prince of Crime. This is not connected to the current run of DCEU movies featuring, Man of Steel, Batman, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, and Justice League, which starred Jared Leto as the Joker and his nemesis Batman portrayed by Ben Affleck. This will be a stand-alone entry that explores the origin of the Joker.

Phoenix has portrayed many important roles and has been nominated for 3 Oscars. Starring in movies such as Walk the Line, Gladiator, and The Master. His work speaks for itself and there is no doubt in anybody’s mind that he can portray everybody’s favorite psychopath.

Joker Picture from Death of the Family

The Killing Joke.

The first time we saw an origin about the Joker it was in the cult classic comic, The Killing Joke. It explored the psychopath’s life before he became the maniacal pale white villain who always ruins Batman’s nights. The exploration was interesting, but I still feel that it killed the mystique that made the Joker so unique.

Did we really need to know why this man was insane? Did we have to have some kind of motive for a maniacal psychopath who just wants to watch everything burn? This seemed very unnecessary and while a great many received this book as if it were written in gold, did it do anything other than end the career of Batgirl? The story even had a very strange ending with Batman and Joker laughing at the end.

The Other Joker.

There is still the word that Jared Leto will continue to reprise his role as The Joker in the DC Extended Universe, whether that be a Harley Quinn and The Joker movie or a continuation to the series of the Dark Knight. This does not affect Joaquin Phoenix playing a new stand-alone and gritty version of the Batman villain.

Are you excited for this casting? Do you believe The Killing Joke limited the mystique of the Clown Prince of Crime? Would you have cast somebody else? Let us know in the comments.


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