Warner Bros. Pictures’ Joker movie is all set to roll, to hold its premiere screening on August 31, 2019 at the 76th Venice International Film Festival. However, don’t get too excited just yet, because the Joker film will hit the cinemas a month after that; starting on October 04, 2019.
Also, before forming any ideas about this DC Comics character, be in the know that the creative geniuses behind the film, particularly Todd Phillips, the director and co-author of the screenplay, developed the film as a psycho-thriller drama. This means D.C. comic followers cannot expect the caped-crusader Batman to appear at some point and stop Joker from committing his heinous killing sprees.
The plot of the movie mainly revolves around Arthur Fleck, played by Joaquin Phoenix; first as a struggling, and eventually, a failed stand-up comedian. Already mentally-disordered and impoverished, Arthur Fleck found society’s lack of appreciation for him and his comedy acts, unacceptable.
Often finding himself the object of cruelty, combined with his eventual failure in his chosen career, Fleck was driven to his discovery of violence as a way by which he could gain attention and fame, or rather notoriety; turning himself into Gotham’s most terrifying urban legend.
Director Phillips gives a heads-up to DC Comic Book fans that it is totally not a story about the life and times of Joker either. The movie is more of a study about Arthur Fleck becoming a psychopathic killer, calling and disguising himself into a clownish character named Joker. Todd Phillips explained that he only used the elements of DC’s Joker lore as inspiration for developing an original story.
Some Interesting Facts about Warner Bros. Pictures’ Joker Movie
Prior to his acceptance of the Joker role, Joaquin Phoenix had turned down the opportunity to play Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Doctor Strange. According to sources, Phoenix was more interested in doing a character-study type of movie centered on a comic book villain. Apparently Phoenix’s search ended when Warner Bros. offered him the Joker role.
As preparation,Phoenix shed off a lot of weight, which somewhat made the actor a bit unrecognizable, yet appear convincing as a struggling and unappreciated standup comedian.
Warner Bros. Pictures’ first choice for the role was actually Leonardo DiCaprio, to which the outfit planned to involve Martin Scorcese in the film development as a means of luring DiCaprio. Although that plan did not materialize, it did not stop the Joker outfit from forging ahead, by offering the role to Joaquin Phoenix instead.
Nonetheless, another Scorcese favorite, Robert De Niro will be in the movie. De Niro plays Murray Franklin, a talk show host with a pivotal role in Arthur Fleck’s downfall.
Warner Bros. Pictures, intends to launch a DC Black series of DC-inspired films not at all associated with films about the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). The Joker movie therefore will pose as the initial offering of the planned DC Black series.