Ever since the rumor mill spun clear off its axis about the mercurial Joaquin Phoenix being interested in taking the lead role to Todd Phillips’ Joker origin, pundits and other pulchritudinous people alike have been discussing the possibilities about this film.
- What is going to make this movie stand apart in the DCEU?
- Why do we need two separate Joker origin or solo movies?
- Who in the hell at WB and / or DC thought Commodus would make a good Harlequin of Hate?
And yet, those aforementioned folk of whimsy have little to say lately. Sure, there has been typical troll drivel and uncertainty about the focus of the film.
With every strategic tease and sample of film we see, the considerable potential grows in interest about what Joaquin’s esoteric approach to making movies could mean for the man we know now as Arthur Fleck and the possible real-life cinematic reveal of ‘The Killing Joke.’
We have been told the movie’s plot (via the linked press release from Warner Bros. noted above) will be an “exploration of a man disregarded by society is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.”
And now, we see just how far the man with the infamous mononym in crime is going so we can really see what happened to cause Arthur to go so far off the rails into an anarchistic state-of-mind.
Love Phillips’ note. Simply “Arthur.” This is going to unlike anything we expect. We will all learn how Arthur devolved into Joker, and it will be greatness.
After today, we can begin to get seriously fanboyish / fangirlish over the cast too.
The film also stars Zazie Beetz (Deadpool 2), Bill Camp (Red Sparrow, Molly’s Game), Frances Conroy (American Horror Story, Castle Rock), Brett Cullen (42, Narcos), Glenn Fleshler (Billions, Barry), Douglas Hodge (Red Sparrow, Penny Dreadful), Marc Maron (Maron, GLOW), Josh Pais (Motherless Brooklyn, Going in Style), and Shea Whigham (First Man, Kong: Skull Island).
The film opens October 2019.