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Todd Phillips Says His ‘Joker’ Film Is Going To Make Fans Mad

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“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

 

Brandon started BCactionMR.com in 2012, with the intent of publishing news he found exciting about upcoming and current events in the world of comic book, action and sci-fi movies. A year later, "BC" became a Verified Creator (Paid Writer) for Movie Pilot, a large fan site, dedicated to all things pop culture. [2013-2018] After Movie Pilot closed its doors, Brandon decided he wanted to give others the opportunity to continue writing and sharing their passion and excitement for entertainment news. We now have evolved into an ever-growing community of bloggers, writers and gamers who love to share our opinions with the world. We cover everything from pop culture, indie, horror, television and the most recent trailers to hit the internet. BCactionMR.com is dedicated to J.S.W. Thank you for planting the seed all those years ago. RIP Brother

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Joaquin Phoenix Set To Return As The Joker In 2022

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Joker [Warner Bros. Pictures]

According to new “Insider information,” Joaquin Phoenix has reportedly been offered $50M to reprise his role as Arthur Fleck, failed comedian turned clown prince of Gotham aka the Joker.

Phoenix had originally said, he felt that ‘Joker’ was a stand alone film that didn’t need sequels. Now, it sounds as if he is changing his tune. According to insiders, a script is currently in the works at Warner Bros. And Phoenix is thoroughly involved.

“Joaquin initially felt ‘Joker’ was a standalone movie. But he’s changed his tune now. He says he wants to play this character again, despite the controversies that came with the release last year. It’s still being negotiated but the scripts are being written and Joaquin is very engaged with it.”

Joaquin Phoenix [Academy Awards 2020]

‘Joker,’ was an anomaly in the comic book movie world of 2020. Bringing home the Golden Lion, Critics Choice, Screen Actors Guild Awards. Culminating with Joaquin Phoenix earning “Best Actor” at the Oscars.

With the 2021 and 2022 film slate rapidly filling, it would appear that Warner Bros. Is planning two more films. Hoping to release in 2022 and 2024.

“They plan to make two sequels in the next four years, with a long-term commitment to Joaquin and his Joker director Todd Phillips and producer Bradley Cooper. It’s all about getting Joaquin to accept the terms, and the biggest payday of his career by far.”

What do you think, should ‘Joker’ remain a standalone film?

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DC films in recent years have been heavily criticized for being too dark and gritty but Wonder Woman 1984 is the complete opposite, it’s full of so much fun and colour and joy. In terms of the tone and feel of the film it’s very reminiscent of the Christopher Reeve Superman films. It’s a delight from start to finish despite the 151-minute runtime as it’s just pure entertainment and the sort of fun we need right now to see us through to the end of 2020.

Wonder Woman 1984 follows Diana Prince, AKA Wonder Woman, played excellently by Gal Gadot now living in the 1980s and working in a museum when a mysterious ancient artefact shows up that seems to grant people wishes. This dream-stone starts causing big problems when its powers begin to get abused by Diana’s colleague Barbara Minerva (Kristen Wiig) who comic fans will recognise as Wonder Woman villain ‘The Cheetah’. Barbara isn’t the only person who wants the stone as businessman Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal) is after it too. Wonder Woman, with the help of Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) must stop the Cheetah and Max Lord before it gets too late.

“This world is not yet ready for all that you will do.” 

The film opens with a great scene on Themyscira, the island home of the Amazons, with a young Diana taking part in the Amazon games. Straight away we get thrown back into the exciting world of Wonder Woman with a fast-paced action scene. The opening looks really amazing, particularly in an IMAX cinema, as Wonder Woman 1984 was partially filmed with IMAX cameras meaning you get to see more in certain scenes. As well as looking amazing, the whole film, and in particular the opening scene, sounds great too as Hans Zimmer’s booming score fills your ears. The film immediately has you hooked and it doesn’t let you go until the very end.

The opening scene is really good fun and it doesn’t stop there. Not long afterwards we get our first glimpse of Gal Gadot trying to stop some thugs robbing a jewellery store in a shopping mall and she gets a really glorious entrance as she takes down the bad guys with ease and we really see that Gal Gadot completely embodies that character of Wonder Woman.

“One day you will become all that you dream of and more.”

It’s interesting to look at how the two villains shape up in this film as one of the biggest problems I had with the previous Wonder Woman film was the villain. And so, are the villains in the sequel any better? Yes, although they’re still not perfect. Both of the villains do have some issues but Kristen Wiig and Pedro Pascal bring so much enthusiasm and charisma to their characters that you just about forget about their character flaws. Kristen Wiig’s Barbara does seem a little generic and we first meet her in a scene that really reminded me of Jamie Foxx’s Electro’s introduction in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 as we see Barbara’s colleagues taking no notice of her and we can already begin to wonder how she might try and change things.

Pascal brings so much life and character to Maxwell Lord and it really is a joy to watch his face fill the screen, especially since a lot of us have been seeing him trapped behind a helmet recently in The Mandalorian. But Lord too does have some issues, particularly in the third act when things begin to get a little messy and some of his motivations seem a little unclear but I think Wiig and Pascal play their respective roles so well that it’s enough to see past these issues.

“Your time will come, Diana.  Everything will be different

As mentioned above, the villains can be a bit weak in places which makes the 3rd act a bit messier (although still much cleaner than the 3rd act of the first film) and some of the character’s motivations can be unclear in certain places but other than that, it’s a really good film. Despite being two and a half hours long, the time completely flies by as it’s just so much fun and because all the action set-pieces are so well done.

I really hope that after films like Shazam!, Birds of Prey and now Wonder Woman 1984  DC continue to make more bright, vibrant and colourful fun films, they just provide so much pleasure and exuberance to you when you watch them and that’s exactly what the world needs right now. Patty Jenkins has crafted another great film and Wonder Woman 1984 is full of plenty of scenes to keep both the Wonder Woman novices and experts entertained throughout.

Overall, Wonder Woman 1984 is a joyous thrill ride that’s even better than the first film. It’s so much fun and filled with lots of colour and plenty of enjoyment.

★★★★☆

Wonder Woman 1984 opens in UK cinemas on Wednesday December 16th

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Disney Plus | Loki – Official Clip | HD

Loki is an upcoming American streaming television miniseries created for Disney+ by Michael Waldron, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. It is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, sharing continuity with the films of the franchise.

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Action, Adventure, Fantasy

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2021 (Disney Plus)

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Kate Herron

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Tom Hiddleston, Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Richard E. Grant, Sophia Di Martino

Plot Summary:

Loki is an upcoming American streaming television miniseries created for Disney+ by Michael Waldron, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. It is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, sharing continuity with the films of the franchise.

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