Oscar-nominated filmmaker Ava Duvernay is always working on something new and exciting. From historical dramas like Selma to children’s fantasy like A Wrinkle In Time, her filmography covers a multitude of genres. Her next big project is a film adaptation of DC Comics’ New Gods, which tells the story of two warring planets, New Genesis and Apokolips, and features some of the most powerful characters in the DC Universe. But New Gods isn’t the only DC project Duvernay has lined up.
Duvernay has been tapped to direct the pilot episode of the comic adaptation DMZ. Released under DC’s Vertigo imprint, it takes place in a future United States divided by a second Civil War. The nation has been divided by the United States and a group of secessionists called the Free States. The main story takes place in a demilitarized New York and follows various characters trying to survive.
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The pilot has been ordered by HBO Max, the upcoming streaming service by Warner Bros., set to compete with Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and the upcoming Disney+. There is no word yet on when the service will launch, but it is expected around Spring 2020.
After making her debut in 2016’s Suicide Squad, Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn is set to return in the new film Birds of Prey (and the Fabulous Emancipation of One Harely Quinn).
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Based on the superhero team of the same name, the film sees Quinn trying to make a new life for herself after splitting up with the Joker. She encounters a young Cassandra Cain, aka the future Batwoman, who is being hunted down by the notorious mobster known as Black Mask. Quinn teams up with vigilante heroes Black Canary and Huntress, as well as Gotham police officer Renee Montoya, to save Cain from Balck Mask.
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Alongside Robbie, the film also stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Jurnee Smollet-Bell as Black Canary, Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya, Ella Jay Basco as Cassandra Cain, and Ewan McGregor as Black Mask.
A new trailer was just released by Warner Bros. Pictures showcasing the heroines in action. You can watch it here:
Fan favorite Batman villain Harley Quinn made her theatrical debut in 2016’s Suicide Squad, played by Margot Robbie. Though the film wasn’t very well-received, Robbie’s performance was praised. Robbie’s Quinn is set to return in the sequel/reboot film The Suicide Squad in 2021, directed by Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn. But before that, Quinn will join another DC team in a completely different film.
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Coming February 2020, Robbie will star and executive produce Birds of Prey (and the Fabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). The film sees Harley Quinn trying to live her life without the Joker beside her. She discovers that a young Cassandra Cain, who will eventually become Batwoman, is being threatened by the villainous gangster Black Mask. She teams up with other female DC superheroes to rescue her.
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Warner Bros. released the first official poster for the film on Twitter:
The film is based on the superhero team of the same name, comprised almost entirely of females. Though the members have rotated over the years, the most well-known members of the team are Black Canary, Huntress, Catwoman, Poison Ivy, Batgirl, and several others.
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The theatrical Birds of Prey team consists of Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, Jurnee Smollet-Bell as Black Canary, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, and Rosie Perez as Gotham City police officer Renee Montoya. Ewan McGregor will be playing Black Mask.
The Joker film is a much hyped movie of 2019, transcending beyond the notions of a ‘comic book’ to become a full blown potential for Oscar nominations. The first trailer debuted in April of 2019, to much praise and excitement, especially as Joaquin Phoenix’s performance as the Clown Prince of Crime. The Joker film is the latest film from the director of The Hangoverand War Dogs,with this latest film trailer to only increase fan anticipation of the gritty super villain flick.
Joker takes place in the 1980s, telling the origin of the famous Batman villain whose failed attempts to become a comedian force him on a descent into madness that ends with him becoming the Joker. The supporting cast includes Robert DeNiro as talk-show host Murray Franklin, Zazie Beetz as Arthur’s love interest Sophie Durmond, and Frances Conroy as Arthur’s mother Penny.
The film has been described as drawing from 1970s gangster movies, specifically Mean Streets, among others. Phoenix revealed earlier this month that in order to play the role, he studied victims of Pathological Laughter or Crying. The victims suffer from involuntary laughter and crying, usually separate fro any kind of emotional trigger.
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This showcases in the new footage in the final trailer, where Joaquin Phoenix is clearly playing a man on the brink. Arthur Fleck, as he is known before he becomes the Joker, seems a man on the brink of madness. He confesses to his therapist that he has nothing but ‘negative thoughts’. Footage reveals he’s attempting to be a comedian, but he’s laugh at on stage, crippling his self-esteem.
Slowly, the trailer takes a darker turn as Joaquin begins spiraling towards what he’ll become. We see glimpses of him applying the white face paint, as well as Arthur instigating what appears to be a revolution. People begin to riot in the streets, wearing clown masks and holding up signs that proclaim ‘We are all clowns’.
Other tantalizing imagery includes Robert DeNiro as a comedian that the Joker idolizes and Thomas Wayne, Mayor of Gotham, punching Arthur after he refuses to stop laughing.
Warner Bros has released the official plot synopsis:
Director Todd Phillips’ Joker centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone fictional story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck, who is indelibly portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, is of a man struggling to find his way in Gotham’s fractured society. A clown-for-hire by day, he aspires to be a stand-up comic at night…but finds the joke always seems to be on him. Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty, Arthur makes one bad decision that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events in this gritty character study.
But the best image when Arthur, now decked in full Joker costume, asks to be introduced on stage as the Joker. We can’t wait to see this movie, as it looks haunting, surreal, and a more adult, darker movie that might even garner some nominations at the Oscars.
Are you looking forward to seeing the killer clown arrive? The Joker arrives in cinemas October 4th.