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Why did former DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson leave Twitter? Which comic book movies are finalists for the People’s Choice Awards? What Suicide Squad plot hole did David Ayer acknowledge came from changing the timeline in post-production? Did you know Lea Thompson pitched a Howard the Duck reboot to Marvel? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Joker - Joaquin Phoenix

Another day, another sneak peek at the Joker origin movie that is currently in production.

Joaquin Phoenix is playing the iconic Batman villain in a movie that explores how a man named Arthur Fleck came to be the Clown Prince of Crime in Gotham City. A new look at the Joker arrived just before the weekend showing Phoenix in full clown make-up, but now a different glimpse at the character from the set of the movie shows the actor in full Joker mode, complete with a classic purple suit. Plus, director Todd Phillips has revealed the first official look at Zazie Beetz by way of a new character portrait.

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joker video

Todd Phillips just gave us our first look at Joaquin Phoenix in Joker make-up. Maybe. The teaser video definitely shows Phoenix made-up to look like a clown, but is this his final Clown Prince of Crime look, or just a taste of things to come? Watch the Joker video below.

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joker cast

The Joker standalone movie continues to add to its unfairly good cast. Two days after we got our first glimpse of Joaquin Phoenix in character as a pre-transformation Joker, and a day after character actor Brett Cullen joined the cast as Thomas Wayne, Warner Bros. has released the full official Joker cast list, which features even more intriguing character actors joining the fray.

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Joker cast Brett Cullen

The standalone Joker movie has found its Thomas Wayne. Brett Cullen, a character actor who already has some Batman history, will play Bruce Wayne’s father in the Todd Phillips film starring Joaquin Phoenix. Cullen replaces Alec Baldwin, who was first announced in the role only to immediately drop out. More on the Joker cast below.

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Joaquin Phoenix Joker Movie

It’s showtime, kids. Director Todd Phillips has released the first look at Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker in the upcoming Joker origin movie. But in our first official image from the Warner Bros. comic book movie, Phoenix doesn’t look quite ready to dance with the devil in the pale moonlight as much as he looks ready to take a nap.

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We’re still a year away from the release of Todd Phillips’ Joker movie, an ‘80s-set origin film for the Clown Prince of Crime starring Joaquin Phoenix. As casting details trickle in, however, an early picture is beginning to form of what the movie might look like. One major hint of the perspective it could employ came with the recent news that the film will depict Batman’s father, Thomas Wayne, as a “cheesy and tanned,” Trump-esque ‘80s businessman.

Looking to The Art of the Deal book cover instead of the comic book page as a reference for Thomas Wayne would yield an irreverent take on the character, one we haven’t seen before. Yet that take would be fully in line with a story grounded in the POV of a delusional, down-on-his-luck comedian who is resentful of the success of Gotham City’s leading citizen. Joker (which is what we’ll be calling this movie for now, as the official title has yet to be announced) looks to be going for this interpretation of the villain, drawing inspiration from Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s seminal 1988 graphic novel, Batman: The Killing Joke. The movie will also reportedly include nods to The King of Comedy, the undervalued 1982 Martin Scorsese gem about a wannabe comedian with delusions of grandeur.

The casting of Robert De Niro as a “talk show host who is somehow instrumental in the Joker’s origin” (a reversal of his King of Comedy role) would only seem to cement The King of Comedy as an important touchstone for the Joker movie. Let’s examine how Scorsese’s film, combined with The Killing Joke and Phoenix’s transformative ability, could renew the Joker’s legend with an interesting portrayal on-screen.

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Alec Baldwin

Update 3: In yet another update to this story, Alec Baldwin has now dropped out of the Joker movie. Details below.

Update 2: Baldwin has sent out a cryptic tweet about his role in the film, suggesting that elements of this story may be inaccurate. We have added the tweet and details below.

Update: The Hollywood Reporter’s Borys Kit has a more detailed description of Baldwin’s version of Thomas Wayne, which you can read below. Our original article follows.

Alec Baldwin is joining the DC cinematic universe.

According to a new report, the Oscar-nominated actor will play Thomas Wayne, Batman’s father, in the upcoming Joker film for director Todd Phillips (The Hangover). Read more about Baldwin’s newest role below.
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Robert De Niro joker

Update: The Wrap reports that Frances Conroy (Six Feet Under, American Horror Story, The Tale) is in talks to play the Joker’s mother, Penny, in WB’s upcoming movie. No other details are available about her character at this time. Our original article follows.

We knew Warner Bros.’ Joker origin movie was going to be taking cues from Martin Scorsese dramas like Taxi Driver and The King of Comedy, but this takes things to an entirely different level.

Robert De Niro, the actor who starred in both of those Scorsese joints, is now in early talks to join the cast of his first comic book movie, opposite Joaquin Phoenix as Gotham City’s Clown Prince of Crime and potentially Deadpool 2‘s Zazie Beetz as a single mom who catches the eye of Batman’s greatest foe. Read more about the Robert De Niro Joker news below. Read More »

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Zazie Beetz Joker

Looks like Zazie Beetz is heading from Atlanta to Gotham City.

The actress, who recently played the superhero Domino in 20th Century Fox’s Deadpool 2, is now in talks to join Warner Bros.’ Joker, the Joker origin film that has three-time Oscar-nominee Joaquin Phoenix set to play Batman’s arch nemesis. Learn about the Zazie Beetz Joker casting below. Read More »