Warner Brothers on Wednesday released a new trailer for their highly anticipated movie the Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix.
Over the last thirty years Warner Brothers have given us several incarnations of Batman’s greatest villain, starting with Jack Nicholson in Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman, Heath Ledger in Christopher Nolan’s 2008 The Dark Knight and Jared Leto in David Ayer’s 2016 Suicide Squad.
Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker will be the fourth take on the character and how it’s received will greatly depend on Joaquin Phoenix‘s performance. When it comes to this latest Joker movie some fans will need to keep in mind that this is a standalone, origin story that has the potential to upset some of the hardcore fans.
Bruce Wayne’s parents are alive and Bruce himself is still a child, so there will be no Batman or talk of him. This will also not be your typical Joker you are use to seeing from previous movies for the simple reason that Joaquin’s, Arthur Fleck is a man who sees himself as a victim. Failures in his job, his therapist, the police and the failures from his personal life slowly drives Arthur to make one bad decision after another becoming a criminal.
In all honesty I’m all in to see Joaquin Phoenix become the Joker. Yes we’ve had a couple of fantastic incarnations in two Batman films, but knowing this version is set in a world where superheroes don’t exist, at least not yet, is a nice change of pace.
Will this Joker film upset some fans of the character, that I have no doubt, but getting to watch a man who is supposedly living in the real world who suffers one set back after another and every choice he makes sets him down the road to becoming a ruthless criminal is intriguing, especially when it comes to a character like the Joker with no man dressing up as a bat to stop him.
Director Todd Phillips “Joker” centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone fictional story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck, who is indelibly portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, is of a man struggling to find his way in Gotham’s fractured society. A clown-for-hire by day, he aspires to be a stand-up comic at night…but finds the joke always seems to be on him. Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty, Arthur makes one bad decision that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events in this gritty character study.
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Zazie Beets, Marc Maron, Shea Whigham, Frances Conroy, Bill Camp, Brian Tyree Henry, Glenn Fleshler