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The rumours are true, as the Joaquin Phoenix Joker origin movie is actually happening

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This is a funny world we live in. While Jared Leto’s next turn as the purring clown prince of crime is most likely a very very long ways away, Warner Bros. and DC Comics aren’t going to play a waiting game with the character. The studio has been looking to put together a solo Joker movie, one that would exist in its own bubble that is wholly separate from the current DC Cinematic Universe that we don’t like talking about after Suicide Squad and Justice League.

So who would play the ace of knaves in this flick? None other than Joaquin Phoenix, whose name was first dropped into the hat several months ago when rumours indicated that Todd “The Hangover” Phillips would co-write a script for the flick and direct it. According to sources over at The Hollywood Reporter and io9, Phoenix has inked a deal and will star as a new Joker in a film that is described as an “exploration of a man disregarded by society [that] is not only a gritty character study but also a broader cautionary tale.”

With a modest budget of $55 million and an eye towards creating a crime movie that just so happens to star a homicidal clown with no impulse control, I’m kind of…excited? If Warner Bros. is looking to make a Joker movie that has a style and charm all of its own, I’d be keen to see some influence from the source material creep in.

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Specifically Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo’s magnificent Joker hardcover graphic novel, which dealt with a Jack Napier who had apparently been cured of his violent impulses and was finally allowed to walk out of Arkham Asylum. A move which of course ended in carnage and chaos as the Joker tore Gotham’s criminal underworld apart.

Now for the fun part: With San Diego Comic Con next weekend and Warner Bros. having booked one of the larger halls for two hours of fun time, it wouldn’t be difficult to see them announcing the news officially to pad out a panel that’ll include a new look at Aquaman, Wonder Woman 2 and whatever other surprises they have in store for the day.

An idea which puts a smile on my face…

Last Updated: July 11, 2018

26 Comments

    • Pariah

      July 11, 2018 at 16:18

      That is modest by today’s standards.

      Reply

      • Original Heretic

        July 11, 2018 at 16:19

        That’s the saddest part of all.
        Wonder how many people that money could feed for a year?

        Reply

        • Pariah

          July 11, 2018 at 16:22

          Elevnty billions

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          • Original Heretic

            July 11, 2018 at 18:22

            Is there more to that? Must I listen closely?

          • Pariah

            July 11, 2018 at 21:23

            I mean, if you’re trying to listen to a comments section online, I don’t think “more to that” is something you should be worried about. 😛

          • Original Heretic

            July 11, 2018 at 21:24

          • Pariah

            July 11, 2018 at 21:25

            That is both mesmerising and horrifying at the same time and I don’t know how I feel about life any more.

            Hold me.

          • Original Heretic

            July 11, 2018 at 21:26

          • Original Heretic

            July 11, 2018 at 21:27

            You give me issues about “listening closely” in an online comment section, then you say “hold me”, and *I* should be worried?!
            Dude….

          • Pariah

            July 11, 2018 at 21:28

            Oh I’m already well aware of my need to be committed. Are you?

            😀

          • Original Heretic

            July 11, 2018 at 21:31

            THEY’LL NEVER TAKE ME ALIVE!!

            Mental issues are the norm these days. Spend 10 minutes with a psychologist and they tell you all the various disorders you have. Everything is named.

          • Pariah

            July 11, 2018 at 21:32

            Mine looked at me for a few hours, and then gave me the 3 things that weren’t wrong with me and sent me on my way saying “I can’t help you”. And of course billed me for it. That was the last time sh… I mean. She does that to everyone…

          • For the Emperor!

            July 11, 2018 at 21:52

            Boss sent me to one because I wanted to quit…because obviously everyone who wanted to quit “had to” have something wrong with them…

          • For the Emperor!

            July 11, 2018 at 21:39

            People crying “I have this and this and this”, as well as the psychologists in it for the quick buck, take the attention away from those who REALLY have issues and need our help and support.

            I know people who just have little habits, some of which I share, that have suddenly been “diagnosed” as OCD after a short visit. For little habits, not “life changing” things. Not “problem” things. Not things they lose sleep over or go crazy over. Just…habits.

        • HvR

          July 11, 2018 at 17:27

          About 21 … after most of it is reduced by the charity, politicians and tenderpreneur’s cut

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  1. RinceThis

    July 11, 2018 at 17:11

    Oh give it a rest already. The Joker, like Harley Quinn, is a boring ass character.

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  2. For the Emperor!

    July 11, 2018 at 19:07

    As long as it is not “Gangsta” Joker, but the REAL Joker!

    Reply

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