Since the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman and Jesse Eisenberg as Luthor, ‘Batman v Superman‘ has already seen its fare share of criticism. Luckily, Episode VII has taken the attention away from the upcoming DCEU flick in recent months. But soon, the attention will return, as BvS will surely be one of the most highly anticipated movies of 2016.
Fans have already begun to accept Affleck in the role of one of the most beloved DC Comic heroes of all-time in Batman.
But what about Eisenberg as Luthor…?
The most recent full trailer for BvS gave us a deeper look into what director Zack Snyder is going to bring us in 2016, even going as far as to feature Doomsday, which most fans were excited about, but felt that maybe it gave to much away too soon.
Still, the only true uncertainty is Eisenberg, not because he is a bad actor, only because he doesn’t fit the role in the way that we are generally use to seeing it portrayed. In an interview with LA Times Eisenberg had this to say:
“The only difference between this movie and everything else I’ve ever been in is this has an audience that has prior expectations, and that’s the only thing that I find disconcerting because it feels like some people are occasionally ready to get angry at me for the part they haven’t seen me play yet. It’s bewildering.”
It sounds as though Luthor will develop on screen and won’t start as the menacing Luthor we have come to know.
“The character has a core of reality. [Luthor] has a back story that’s tragic and an emotional inner life that’s authentic. That’s in the movie.”
Snyder went on to say:
“I feel like once [Eisenberg] found out who Lex was he embraced it. Once you kind of start digging into Lex, it’s a bit of a scary thing to be that guy. I don’t think he just goes ‘Oh, I’ll just be that guy and then when I go home I’m not him.’ I think the thing with Jessie is he wasn’t immune to the reality of playing a super-scary character.”
When asked about Luthor’s hair in BvS Snyder gave a little insight:
“When you see the movie, you’ll see. It’s the greatest scene that I’ve ever gotten to take part in — it accounts for the change in hair.”
‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ hits theaters March 25, 2016. Starring: Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams
Joker Slips Into Madness | Final Trailer | Official – HD
October 4, 2019
Joaquin Phoenix, Zazie Beetz, Rober De Niro, Douglas Hodge, Dante Pereira-Olson
Joker is an upcoming American psychological thriller film distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures and based on the DC Comics character Joker. It is intended to be the first film in a series of DC-based films separate from the DC Extended Universe.
Joaquin Phoenix Stares Into Your Soul As The Joker Via “il venerdì di repubblica” Cover
“Cinematic achievement on a high level.”
Director Todd Phillips has gone on the record stating, his film is going to piss off hardcore comic book fans. The upcoming ‘Joker’ movie will not follow any comic book plot lines or continuity for the villain, and will in fact be its very own stand alone film. With that being said, the movie is already garnering praise from select audiences. Cameron Bailey, co-head and artistic director of the Toronto International Film Festival, went on record with Toronto Sun, hailing the film as “Cinematic achievement on a high level.” Bailey continued on, saying:
“First of all it’s terrific. So it should play on our largest stage. But it’s a really original take on comic book movies and on the Joker character in particular. It’s not based on an existing story, it has one of the greatest actors in modern cinema, Joaquin Phoenix, in the lead, and Robert De Niro is in it as well, one of the best actors that has ever lived.”
Bailey, also went on to say, the film is “Very cinematic,” for a low budget feature.
“Has an interesting tone and approach to it. It’s set in the late ’70s, early ’80s and it feels like it was made then. It’s gritty in its look, it has references to Martin Scorsese’s filmmaking and it feels like a cinematic achievement on a high level. Although it’s working with very populist material, it has great ambition. That’s why it’s a Gala.”
Check out the newest ‘Joker’ magazine cover via il venerdì di repubblica.
‘Joker’ hits theaters October 4, 2019
Todd Phillips Says His ‘Joker’ Film Is Going To Make Fans Mad
“We constantly thought, ‘God, imagine if Joaquin actually does this.”
Director Todd Phillips’ ‘Joker’ film, starring Joaquin Phoenix, is finally starting to take shape… Or is it? Fans have been trying to piece together what we can expect from this live action origin story about the “Clown Prince of Gotham.” The trailer that dropped a couple months ago, gave us some insight as to the tone of the upcoming DC film. But, in a recent interview with Empire, Phillips told us that we can forget trying to find a comic comparison to his film:
“We didn’t follow anything from the comic books, which people are gonna be mad about. We just wrote our own version of where a guy like Joker might come from. That’s what was interesting to me. We’re not even doing Joker, but the story of becoming Joker. It’s about this man.”
Phillips is already preparing for fan backlash due to the lack of continuity with the DC Comic Universe. The fortunate thing for the Director, is that there has never been a definitive back story for Gotham’s most feared villain. The closest story comes via a 1988 one shot comic titled, ‘Batman: The Killing Joke.’
The man who will become the Joker is an unnamed engineer who quits his job at a chemical company to become a stand-up comedian, only to fail miserably. Desperate to support his pregnant wife Jeannie, he agrees to guide two criminals through the chemical plant where he previously worked so that they can rob the playing card company next to it. During the planning, the police inform him that his wife has died in a household accident. Grief-stricken, the engineer tries to withdraw from the plan, but the criminals strong-arm him into keeping his commitment to them.
At the plant, the criminals make him don a special mask to become the infamous Red Hood. As previously told to the engineer by the criminals, they use this disguise to implicate any accomplice as the mastermind and to divert attention away from themselves. Once inside, they encounter security personnel, a shootout ensues, and the two criminals are killed. The engineer is confronted by Batman, who is investigating the disturbance.
Terrified, the engineer jumps into the chemical plant’s waste pound lock to escape Batman and is swept through a pipe leading to the outside. Once outside, he discovers to his horror that the chemicals have permanently bleached his skin chalk-white, stained his lips ruby-red and dyed his hair bright green. The engineer’s disfigurement, compounded with the loss of his family, drives him completely insane and marks the birth of the Joker. -Wikipedia
Based on the recent trailer, it appears Phillips will use the “Failed stand up comedian” approach, but not much after that. Only time will tell how ‘Joker’ will turn out. But, one could only imagine, there must be a high level of confidence in this relatively low budget project, knowing how scrutinizing fans can be about their beloved comic characters. Phillips wrote this film with Joaquin Phoenix in mind from the start:
“I think he’s the greatest actor,” the director said. “We had a photo of him above our computer while we were writing. We constantly thought, ‘God, imagine if Joaquin actually does this.”
JOKER: In theaters October 4, 2019