Joaquin Phoenix to Play Joker in Upcoming Movie of Villain's Backstory
The film will see the Joker as a struggling comic who falls on hard times
When it comes to comic book character portrayals, I still stand by Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger as the two best Jokers. But now it seems we’re getting not only a new actor, but a new backstory for the eccentric villain. And this is all thanks to some of the best in show-biz.
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Paste Magazine reported that Martin Scorsese and Todd Phillips are set to produce and direct an untitled movie about how the Joker became the Joker. The idea stems from a 1988 graphic novel called The Killing Joke, written by Watchmen author and graphic novel king Alan Moore.
The Killing Joke follows the Joker’s life as a regular guy trying to make a living as a stand-up comic. When the going gets tough, he snaps, leading him to live a life of crime in order to support his family. He soon falls deep into a life of crime and lives to torment Batman.
Don't worry; this film won’t have any effect on Jared Leto’s appearance in Suicide Squad or the solo feature planned for him and Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie.) It’s actually going to be a project connected to a not-yet-revealed Warner Bros / DC Films project.
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If you need an idea of what to expect, you may want to check out Scorsese's 1982 film The King of Comedy starring Robert De Niro. The storyline also follows a comedian who can’t reach success and there’s plenty of nods to it in the new Joker adaptation.
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So who will be filling the madman's shoes this time? According to Paste’s source, Joaquin Phoenix is almost a done deal. Apparently Leo DiCaprio was in the running, but it was felt that Phoenix better fit the Joker's image. No matter how evil the Joker is, I think we’re all going to be big fans after this one.
Production is set to begin mid to late 2018.
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