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Joaquin Phoenix plays Arthur Fleck, a failed stand-up comedian who goes mad in Warner Bros. pictures’ joker

When Warner Brothers and DC Films announced they would be making a Joker movie in 2017, the response from fans was…mixed. Did we really need another movie treat to investigate the origins of Batman’s clown-faced nemesis? But now the first trailer for joker has fallen, and it’s a long way toward dispelling our doubts.

joker is intended to be a standalone film, with no planned sequels – part of DC Films’ decision to move away from the shared-universe approach of their previous franchise films (aka the Marvel model). So it has no relation with the Justice League movies that came before. That freed director Todd Phillips to create his own dark, gritty version of this iconic character, on a much smaller budget of $55 million.

Star Joaquin Phoenix was initially hesitant to take on the role for various reasons. (Seriously, who wants to take on Heath Ledger’s legendary performance in Christopher Nolan’s? The Dark Knight† In addition, Jared Leto has already played the Joker in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). But in the end, he decided Phillips’ interpretation was unique enough that he signed. (It helped that it was for a standalone movie; in the past, Phoenix has resisted superhero movies that would require him to play the same role in multiple movies.) And we’re really glad he did, because Phoenix manages to breathe. new life in this iconic role.

In this version of the original Joker story, Arthur Fleck (Phoenix) is a struggling aspiring stand-up comedian in Gotham City in 1981, who cares for his ailing mother, Penny (Frances Conroy). Since the trailer starts with Arthur talking to a therapist, we suspect something tragic is happening to Mom. We learn that she always told him, “Smile and put on a happy face,” assuring him he had a purpose. She thinks it is to “bring laughter and joy into the world”. But life hasn’t been kind to Arthur: “Is it just me, or is it getting crazier out there?”

Stand-up comedy involves constant rejection and is therefore not for the faint of heart or the faint of heart. Arthur’s performance as a street clown with a billboard is, shall we say, a lack of dignity – although he gives his all. Unfortunately, he gets beat up by random hooligans. He’s also mocked and beaten up on the subway, and the young single mom he’s in love with (Zazie Beetz) probably only sees him as a friend. So really, it is societyit is Arthur’s fault that Arthur turns to the dark madness within.

The Wayne family is here in the form of billionaire philanthropist Thomas Wayne (Brett Cullen), father of the future Batman and current candidate for mayor of Gotham City. But it’s a much less sympathetic rendering than we’ve seen before. I’m still not sure how I feel about this latest Joker incarnation, but I’m really intrigued to see the movie now. That’s the power of a good trailer.

joker is scheduled for release on October 4, 2019.

Listing image by YouTube/Warner Bros.

By akfire1

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