In the newest entry of our ongoing sequence, Screen Rant’s Ryan George reveals what (in all probability) occurred within the pitch assembly for Todd Phillips’ darkish DC supervillain origin story, Joker. Starring Joaquin Phoenix within the title position, Joker imagines the Clown Prince of Crime having humble origins as a depressing sign-spinning clown who lives together with his mom and has a situation that causes him to burst into uncontrollable laughter when he is confused or upset.
This is not the primary film a couple of scary homicide clown, and even the primary film a couple of scary homicide clown to launch this yr (shout out to IT Chapter Two), however Joker is on the a lot shorter checklist of films the place the scary homicide clown is the protagonist. Because of this, it began producing controversy earlier than it was even launched, with fears that Joker may encourage a clown-themed mass capturing. Police patrolled outdoors screenings, in New York, and Landmark Theaters banned viewers from sporting costumes and/or Joker make-up.
Fortunately, to date the most important disruption to Joker screenings has been latecomers utilizing their telephone flashlights to search out their seats, and folks crinkling sweet wrappers at tense moments – which is sufficient to flip anybody right into a supervillain. While technically not linked to every other motion pictures within the DC Extended Universe, like Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice or the upcoming mushy reboot The Batman, Joker does present loads of recent materials for fan theories, so we recruited the assistance of The Film Theorists for this pitch assembly.
In principle, Joker was meant to be a standalone, one-and-done film. However, on condition that it is breaking field workplace information, it would not be in any respect stunning if Warner Bros. tried to discover a technique to convey again Phoenix’s Joker. Even amid all of the backlash, he is positively been loads higher acquired than Jared Leto’s Suicide Squad model, and even the destructive evaluations of Joker admit that Phoenix’s efficiency is difficult to fault. The query, after all, is whether or not Phoenix would truly be all for returning.
While the Joker works out his angst by capturing folks and dancing on steps, the Joker’s ex-girlfriend can be embracing a recent begin within the subsequent live-action DC film: Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). The DCEU will then get again on agency sequel tracks with Wonder Woman 1984, earlier than veering into the muddy waters of soppy reboot territory once more with a sort-of-sequel to Suicide Squad that is merely known as The Suicide Squad. The DC film panorama could also be complicated, however not less than it is right here to have a very good time.
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Key Release Dates
- Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) launch date: Feb 07, 2020
- Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) launch date: Jun 05, 2020
- The Suicide Squad (2021) launch date: Aug 06, 2021
- The Batman (2021) launch date: Jun 25, 2021
- Aquaman 2 (2022) launch date: Dec 16, 2022