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Joker Comic Book Movie

All the buzz on Joker since the film premiered at the Venice Film Festival has been praising director Todd Phillips and star Joaquin Phoenix for crafting a movie that digs deeper and goes darker than any other comic book adaptation that came before it. At the very least, DC Comics has never produced a movie that tackles one of their major signature characters in such an unsettling fashion.

We were on hand during a Q&A following an early screening of Joker and Todd Phillips discussed his approach to making a comic book movie different than what audiences have become accustomed to seeing.

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We’re still weeks away from the wide release of Todd PhillipsJoker, but the world already has Joker fever. The movie has racked up positive reviews at international film festivals and sparked some controversy about its messaging, but let’s put all that aside for the moment and concentrate on the look of the film.

At a recent Q&A attended by /Film’s Peter Sciretta, Phillips explained why he never assigned a specific date for the movie’s setting and how Martin Scorsese‘s 1982 film The King of Comedy served as a huge inspiration.

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/Film’s Peter Sciretta recently attended a Joker Q&A with director Todd Phillips and star Joaquin Phoenix, who revealed lots of insight into how far they went into the Joker’s psyche, creating their version of the character’s memorable laugh by researching real-world traumas, and imbuing the Joker with a physical musicality. Despite the film’s grim and gritty tone, it sounds like they both had a total blast making this movie. Read their quotes below.

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Joaquin Phoenix has spent the last few years in indie films, which made his attachment to Joker, a big, dark comic book movie from Warner Bros., a bit surprising. And it sounds like Phoenix was just as surprised himself.

Our own Peter Sciretta attended a recent Q&A with Phoenix and director Todd Phillips following an early screening of the film and the two talked about the non-traditional way the actor finally joined the project.

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It’s official: audiences are ready to love that Joker. Todd Phillips‘s ultra-dark, ultra-violent twist on the infamous Batman villain, is already tracking for a smash-hit opening weekend. There’s even a chance it’ll break a record or two. If accurate, this Joker box office tracking suggests that Warner Bros.’ gamble to make a very adult comic book movie is about to pay off.

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