The first teaser trailer for Todd Phillip’s Joker solo-film has been released. Even though I’m not a fan of this iconic comic book character, the acting skills displayed by Joaquin Phoenix makes me want to watch this offering when it is released on October 4, 2019.
I can’t take the Joker seriously as a character. He isn’t much of a threat if you really think about it. This fictional character continues to live because of some weird relationship he shares with Batman. It wouldn’t even take a second to end him otherwise. It is too much hype for someone who is nothing in the grand scheme of comic book universe-related things.
Anyway, coming to the upcoming live-action film, Joker will serve as an origin story.
Here’s the teaser trailer!
This movie will explore the life of Arthur Frank before certain events transform him into the clown prince of crime. Comparisons with Heath Ledger’s take on the character have already begun online. Ledger won an Oscar for playing the character in The Dark Knight. Let’s see if Phoenix’s work is recognized by the Academy.
I’m all for different live-action versions of this character depending on how an actor sees him. As long as you don’t say Jared Leto from The Suicide Squad was the best, I won’t argue with you. I still think Leto’s Joker being Tim Drake would have been cooler.
For those wondering about the overall cinematic timeline of the DC Comics live-action films, well, this movie is going to be a standalone and won’t have an impact on what happens in the Wonder Woman sequel, Shazam, and others (as far as we know).
I like Warner Bros.’ decision to not make everything connected like the MCU. It wasn’t without a lack of trying to replicate the MCU formula though. Ha!
Along with Phoenix, the cast includes Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen as Thomas Wayne, Dante Pereira-Olson as young Bruce Wayne, and Douglas Hodge as Alfred Pennyworth.
Are you looking forward to watching the Joker? Let us know.
Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.
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