It’s actually taking place – Joaquin Phoenix is taking part in the Joker in a brand new movie.
Batman’s arch nemesis has an extended, storied historical past in movie, most notably Heath Ledger’s outstanding incarnation in Christopher Nolan’s The Darkish Knight, for which he received a post-humous Academy Award (Ledger tragically handed away not lengthy after the movie was accomplished).
And now, Phoenix will take on the mantle to inform his origin story beneath the route of Todd Phillips (The Hangover).
Discover out all the pieces we all know in regards to the movie under.
When is Joker released on DVD, Blu-ray and digital within the UK?
After a extremely profitable theatrical run that started again in October, Joker is now heading to DVD and Blu-ray with a launch date of Monday 10th February 2020.
The movie will probably be accessible to buy by way of digital obtain barely earlier, from Monday 27th January 2020. You possibly can pre-order it right here.
Is there a trailer for Joker?
Warner Bros released a last trailer on the 28th August, which you’ll watch under.
Take a look at one other, earlier teaser under – and learn extra evaluation right here:
Previous to the trailer’s launch, Phillips shared a brief teaser of the movie, which sees Phoenix sans-makeup, staring on the digicam, earlier than transitioning into the Joker.
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What is Joker’s age ranking?
Joker has been rated R within the US, and had an official BBFC ranking of 15.
Phoenix, finest recognized for his roles as Johnny Money in Stroll The Line and Commodus in Gladiator, leads the film as Arthur Fleck, a failed humorist in 1980s Gotham Metropolis who is pushed to madness and turns right into a prison mastermind.
He is joined by Atlanta’s Zazie Beets, who will play his love curiosity, a cynical single mom known as Sophie Dumond, and Robert De Niro as a chat present host named Murray Franklin. Marc Maron, Brian Tyree Henry, Invoice Camp and Shea Whigham will even function.
At one level, Alec Baldwin was connected to the film taking part in Batman’s father, Thomas Wayne (now portrayed by Brett Cullen) however dropped out. He cited “scheduling points” however days earlier than had taken to Twitter to dispel rumours he would search inspiration from Donald Trump – who he impersonates on SNL – to play the character:
“Let me state, for the file, that I’ve NOT been employed to play a task in Todd Phillips’ Joker as some Donald Trump manque,” he wrote. “That is not taking place. Not. Occurring.”
Douglas Hodge will play the Waynes’ butler Alfred Pennyworth, with Dante Pereira-Olson forged as a younger Bruce Wayne.
What is Joker about? (Plot spoilers!)
The movie will monitor Arthur Fleck’s transformation from down-and-out comic to Gotham Metropolis supervillain.
Joker director Todd Phillips has mentioned that it was “a year-long course of” convincing the studio to take a danger on his offbeat script (by way of the Los Angeles Instances).
“We didn’t comply with something from the comic-books, which persons are gonna be mad about,” Phillips mentioned to Empire. “We simply wrote our personal model of the place a man like Joker may come from. That’s what was attention-grabbing to me. We’re not even doing Joker, however the story of turning into Joker. It’s about this man.”
In an interview with IndieWire, Marc Maron additionally prompt that the movie is going to be in contrast to any comedian e-book movie earlier than it.
“I feel it’s a really attention-grabbing method to this world,” he mentioned. “The method that Todd Phillips has taken is extra of an origin story and a personality examine of a mentally unwell person who turns into The Joker. It’s extra of an intimate and gritty film with a really particular scope. It’s going to be actually attention-grabbing to see the way it comes out.”
It’s a view backed up by producer Michael E Uslan who drew comparisons to Guardians of the Galaxy and Deadpool throughout a current look at fan occasion CCXP Cologne.
“I believed Guardians of the Galaxy was completely different and distinctive when it got here out. I believed Deadpool was completely different and distinctive when it got here out,” Uslan defined, as reported by Comicbook.com. “This Joker film is completely different and distinctive and it’s in contrast to any comedian e-book film you’ve ever seen.”
And it’s a sentiment additionally echoed by followers who noticed the trailer first at CinemaCon.
“First teaser for Joker is tremendous darkish and disturbing – the downfall of a person, dragged and crushed down till he turns and beats up on a world turned in opposition to him,” he mentioned. We knew there was cause Joaquin took on the function…
“I used to suppose my life was a tragedy, however now I understand it’s a comedy.” Wow, first teaser for #Joker is tremendous darkish and disturbing – the downfall of a person, dragged and crushed down till he turns and beats up on a world turned in opposition to him. #CinemaCon pic.twitter.com/SDD8DGDd5o
— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) April 2, 2019
Will there be a Joker sequel?
Joker is also the primary chapter in a sequence. “One factor I’ll inform you: I’d do something with Joaquin, any day of the week,” Phillips informed Complete Movie. “There’s no person like him. If he was keen to do it, and if individuals present as much as this film, and Warners got here to us and mentioned, ‘You realize what? In case you guys may consider one thing…’ Effectively, I’ve a sense that he and I may consider one thing fairly cool.”
Nevertheless, Phillips later walked again these feedback, describing experiences of a attainable Joker sequel as “annoying”.
“We have now no plan for a sequel,” he informed press after a screening.
“The quote was, ‘I’ll do something Joaquin needs to do.’ And I’d. However the film’s not set as much as [have] a sequel. We all the time pitched it as one film, and that’s it.”
Phoenix himself, nevertheless, seems to consider a follow-up may nonetheless be attainable.
“You realize, I wouldn’t have thought of this as my dream function. However now, actually, I can’t cease fascinated with it,” he mentioned in a current interview.
“I talked to Todd [Phillips, the director] rather a lot about what else we’d be capable of do, on the whole, simply to work collectively, but additionally particularly, if there’s one thing else we are able to do with Joker that may be attention-grabbing.
“So, it ended up being a dream function. It’s nothing that I actually wished to do previous to working on this film.”
“I don’t know that there is [more to do],” he continued.
“Me and Todd would nonetheless be capturing now if we may, proper? As a result of it appeared infinite, the probabilities of the place we are able to go together with the character.”
However don’t anticipate to see Phoenix’s Joker ever cross paths with Robert Pattinson’s Batman, no matter occurs – Phillips has insisted that the 2 exist in numerous fictional universes and won’t ever meet.
“We made this film, I pitched it to Warner Bros. as one film. It exists in its personal world. That’s it,” he mentioned.
Is Joker getting good evaluations?
Early buzz out of the Toronto Worldwide Movie Competition was optimistic – the pageant’s inventive director Cameron Bailey informed Toronto Solar: “It’s a extremely unique take on comedian e-book films and on the Joker character specifically.
“It’s set within the late ’70s/early ’80s and it feels prefer it was made then. It’s gritty in its look. It has references to Martin Scorsese’s filmmaking and it appears like a cinematic achievement on a excessive stage. Though it’s working with very populist materials, it has nice ambition.”
Later important response to the film was additionally largely optimistic, with reward for Phoenix’s efficiency and the movie’s darkish tone, with comparisons made to 2 Martin Scorsese classics: Taxi Driver and The King of Comedy (which shares a star with Joker in Robert De Niro). The premiere additionally acquired an 8-minute lengthy standing ovation after the credit rolled.
The movie has additionally attracted some controversy, nevertheless, amidst allegations that it glorifies its murderous lead character.
Who else has performed the Joker?
Phoenix is the most recent in an extended line of actors to painting the Joker throughout movie and TV. After all, Heath Ledger’s model in The Darkish Knight is thought-about by many to be the best embodiment of the character.
In honor of April Fools Day. Who was a greater Joker?
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— Ali Siddiqui (@asiddiqui15) April 1, 2019
However Jack Nicholson’s model from 1989’s Batman (starring reverse Michael Keaton because the Caped Crusader) and Jared Leto’s from 2016’s Suicide Squad have their followers, too.
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Leto was the newest actor to place their spin on the function, however is not anticipated to return for James Gunn’s Suicide Squad sequel. And whereas DC presses ahead with Phoenix’s take, it’s not trying like Leto will reprise the function anytime quickly.
Different favourites to have portrayed the Joker embody Mark Hamill’s model from Batman: The Animated Collection and a number of video video games and Zach Galifianakis’ portrayal in The Lego Batman Film.
Joker will probably be released in UK cinemas on 4th October 2019