Joaquin Phoenix stars in this origin movie of one the most famous comic book villains of all time, the Joker.
As reported by Will just yesterday, we had the release of the first poster for Joker, a take on his origin story and today sees the release of the first trailer.
You can’t deny that the DC universe has been rather messy when it comes to live-action adaptations of their various properties.
Whilst I really enjoyed Superman’s return with Man of Steel, it all went downhill with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and it wasn’t helped by Justice League or Suicide Squad either.
But hasn’t all been bad, Wonder Woman was really good and I can’t deny Aquaman was very entertaining.
It sometimes feels like that DC are trying to translate a large volume of comic material into live action properties in hoping that something will at least work. Therefore when they announced a Joker origin film, I wasn’t sure this was something we really needed.
For me, part of the Joker‘s character is the mystery about his past, I know there have been comic book stories that have tackled this mystery including the excellent Batman: The Killing Joke.
I’ve seen a few on-set photos of Joaquin Phoenix in costume during filming and I wasn’t sure what to make of it all, but after watching this first trailer, I feel we’re in for something very special.
Directed by Todd Phillips, who past work includes more light-hearted comedy work such as Road Trip, Old School and the Hangover trilogy, says that the film is still being shaped in editing but describes the story as a tragedy.
Joker is currently scheduled for a 4th of October release in the US and the UK. Other territories check IMDb for listings.
About Joker | Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Joker” stars Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix in the title role, alongside Oscar winner Robert De Niro, and is directed, produced and co-written by Oscar nominee Todd Phillips. “Joker” centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck (Phoenix), a man disregarded by society, is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale. The film also stars Zazie Beetz (“Deadpool 2”), Frances Conroy (TV’s “American Horror Story,” Hulu’s “Castle Rock”), Marc Maron (TV’s “Maron,” “GLOW”), Bill Camp (“Red Sparrow,” “Molly’s Game”), Glenn Fleshler (TV’s “Billions,” “Barry”), Shea Whigham (“First Man,” “Kong: Skull Island”), Brett Cullen (“42,” Netflix’s “Narcos”), Douglas Hodge (“Red Sparrow,” TV’s “Penny Dreadful”) and Josh Pais (upcoming “Motherless Brooklyn,” “Going in Style”). Phillips (“The Hangover” trilogy) directs from a screenplay he co-wrote with writer Scott Silver (“The Fighter”), based on characters from DC. The film is produced by Phillips and Bradley Cooper under their Joint Effort banner, and Emma Tillinger Koskoff. It is executive produced by Walter Hamada, Michael E. Uslan, Aaron L. Gilbert, Joseph Garner, Richard Baratta, and Bruce Berman. Behind the scenes, Phillips is joined by director of photography Lawrence Sher (upcoming “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” “The Hangover” trilogy), production designer Mark Friedberg (“Selma,” “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”), editor Jeff Groth (“War Dogs,” “The Hangover Part III”), and Oscar-winning costume designer Mark Bridges (“Phantom Thread,” “The Artist”). A Warner Bros. Pictures presentation, in Association with Village Roadshow Pictures, in Association with BRON Creative, a Joint Effort Production, a Todd Phillips Movie, “Joker” is set for release beginning 2 October 2019, and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.
About the author | John Abbitt
@UKFilmNerd | John loves the movies and he used to write for his own website, The Tydirium Hangar Bay, in the late 1990's. Whilst the web page idea became lost in the passages of time, John's love of film did not. Now he's back, writing for The Unheard Nerd.