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Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker

Batman Fans May Have Their Newest Joker: Joaquin Phoenix

Last summer, news broke that a possible standalone Joker film was in the works. Finally, we have news on the front-running actor for the role: Joaquin Phoenix. According to Variety, Phoenix hasn’t been confirmed by the studio, but Todd Phillips, the director, has chosen him for the role. If Warner Bros. Studios approves and negotiations work out, we could have our next Joker. 


Since Heath Ledger’s impeccable performance, the Joker’s tone has shifted from the campy Jack Nicholson to a darker, more twisted criminal, and Phoenix is an excellent choice for the role. Intense, brooding, method acting is how Ledger’s performance became so haunting. 


Variety says the movie “will delve into what it took for the Joker to become a mastermind criminal,” “taking place in the ’80s and having more of the look of a gritty crime drama than a comic-book movie.”


If Joaquin Phoenix signs on to be the Joker, what does that mean for Jared Leto? Nothing, apparently, because Leto is still scheduled to play the Joker in both Suicide Squad 2 and a standalone Joker film of his own, also starring Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. The two Jokers will exist in different universes, so it seems, which is great because we’ll get some very different movies, but also kind of a bummer, because how dope would it be to have two Jokers wreaking havoc in the same universe?


Dark Knight

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Jared Leto Joker

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Joaquin Phoenix

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Mistress of All Evil

Giveaway! Enter for a Chance to Win a Complete Set of the Villains Series!

Get a Little Wicked this Halloween!


Perfect for Disney fans everywhere, the Villains series by Serena Valentino imagines the backstories of Disney’s most infamous characters. One (1) lucky participant will receive a complete set of the Villains Series by Serena Valentino and a color-changing branded mug, sponsered by Disney-Hyperion!


Prize Pack

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About the Book


The Disney Villains series by Serena Valentino explores how the antagonists in Disney movies became some of storytelling’s most iconic villains. In the first four Villains books, we see how the Evil Queen, the Beast, Ursula, and Maleficent fall into darkness, through the instigation of the mysterious Odd Sisters: Lucinda, Martha, and Ruby.


Why does Maleficent curse the innocent princess? What led to her becoming so filled with malice, anger, and hatred? Many tales have tried to explain her motives. Here is one account, pulled down from the many passed down through the ages. It is a tale of love and betrayal, of magic and reveries.


It is a tale of the Mistress of All Evil.


About the Author


Serena Valentino

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Serena Valentino has been weaving tales that combine mythos and guile for the past decade. She has earned critical acclaim in both the comic and horror domains, where she is known for her unique style of storytelling, bringing her readers into exquisitely frightening worlds filled with terror, beauty, and extraordinary protagonists.


Giveaway open to US addresses only.

Prizing and samples provided by Disney-Hyperion.


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Solar eclipse

5 Characters Who Should Look Directly at the Eclipse

Today a solar eclipse will pass over the continental United States for the first time since 1918. Anybody lucky enough to see the total solar eclipse will be in for a literal once in a lifetime experience. It will be tempting to look directly at the eclipse, but scientists warn that this could seriously damage people’s eyes.


Not everybody deserves to hear this warning, though. Here are some characters who actually should look directly at the eclipse.


1. Tom Chaney from True Grit


True Grit cover

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For those unfortunate people who have yet to read Charles Portis’s classic True Grit, Tom Chaney is the central villain. He shot Mattie Ross’s father dead, which sends the precocious young lady on an adventure to avenge her dad.


Portis manages to make Chaney a near-sympathetic character, but he still killed Mattie’s dad and Mattie is awesome. Best of all, Chaney would actually be directly under the total solar eclipse’s path. If you happen to run into Chaney today, make sure he doesn’t know about those eclipse glasses.


2. Dracula from Dracula


Bela Lugosi's Dracula

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Transylvania may be far from the United States, but Count Dracula could be on vacation in New Orleans or something. If so, maybe you can forget to mention that you’re not supposed to look directly at the sun. You can find a way to artfully omit that information, right?


3. The Queen from “Snow White”


Evil Queen

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Magic mirror on the wall…don’t even bother. If the Queen looks at the solar eclipse, she’ll damage her sight so much she might not even be able to see. If she can’t see, then any concept of who’s the fairest of them all will surely fly out the window. In fact, if the Queen looks at the solar eclipse the central conflict in “Snow White” would be resolved.


4. Claudius from Hamlet


Hamlet skull

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Claudius is one wicked uncle. First, he kills his own brother, and then he marries his brother’s widow. Woof. Once he’s king, his nephew, Hamlet, swears vengeance. If Claudius went blind, then it would definitely make Hamlet’s quest for vengeance easier. Assuming the eclipse happened before the events of the play, then Claudius’s whole dastardly scheme would fall apart.


5. Anton Chigurh from No Country for Old Men


Anton Chigurh

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Anton Chigurh, famously played by Javier Bardem in the 2007 Coen brothers movie, is essentially a force of nature. With his captive bolt gun, Chigurh acts less like a madman and more like a professional big game hunter. Any hunter’s worst nightmare is going blind. Let’s see Chigurh nail those crazy shots without his precious 20/20 vision.


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