Not content with having the highest-grossing R-rated movie in history, Warner Bros. has decided to put Todd Phillips‘ Joker back in theaters to capitalize on all of its recent awards attention. The Joker rerelease will hit more than 750 theaters in North America starting this Friday, January 17.
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As we head into the next phase of awards season, Joker is still a serious contender for multiple awards – first at this weekend’s Golden Globes, and then it’s setting its sights on Oscars. And while we’re still waiting on an official announcement about a possible sequel, director Todd Phillips has suggested that he’d like to see a separate Batman movie set in Joker‘s Gotham City. But what might that look like?
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Todd Phillips‘ Joker was undoubtedly one of the most hotly debated movies of the year. While some praised it as a groundbreaking comic book movie with poignant social commentary, others found the film to have an unclear message and felt it was trying too hard to be an Oscar contender, despite an award-worthy performance by Joaquin Phoenix. But if filmmaker Kevin Smith is to be believed, audiences could have ended up arguing about the film’s shocking alternate ending which would have drastically changed comic book history. Read More »
The twisted DC Comics origin story Joker has already made $1.05 billion at the box office, but Warner Bros. Pictures appears to be making one last big push. Director Todd Phillips announced that Joker is returning to IMAX screens for one week only, starting today, giving people a chance to see Joaquin Phoenix lose his damn mind on the biggest screen possible. Read More »
People can’t stop talking about Joker, Todd Phillips‘ dark, violent origin story for the Clown Prince of Crime. As we head into awards season, you can expect the film to continue to be at the forefront of entertainment news as Warner Bros. pushes for awards glory. There was a private screening for the film in LA recently, and legendary director Michael Mann was supposed to be on hand to interview Phillips. Sadly, Mann couldn’t make the event due to a scheduling problem, but he was still kind enough to send along a letter singing the praises of Joker.
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Yesterday brought news that Joker director Todd Phillips was cooking up a sequel to the R-rated DC Comics movie that recently crossed $1 billion at the worldwide box office. On top of that, Phillips was said to be working on another villain origin story in the vein of Joker. But throughout the day, there were conflicting reports about whether or not any meeting between Todd Phillips and Warner Bros. studio chairman Toby Emmerich took place for either of these projects. Thankfully, Todd Phillips himself has set the record straight. Read More »
Joker is a huge hit, probably headed towards several Oscar nominations, and just became the first R-rated movie to cross $1 billion at the worldwide box office. That’s the kind of attention studios thrive on, and want more of. And sure enough, after weeks of speculation, it looks like a Joker sequel is officially happening. Director Todd Phillips pitched Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich on an idea to develop Joker-style origin stories for multiple DC character, and while Emmerich didn’t fully go for the idea, Phillips did get the rights to develop a film on at least one character. Meaning Phillips is now working on both a Joker sequel (which will likely bring back Joaquin Phoenix) and another Joker-influenced DC origin film.
Update: Deadline is saying THR is incorrect, and that “Multiple sources said no such October 7 meeting between Phillips and Emmerich occurred, and that Phillips hasn’t even considered overseeing other DC character films.” So who is correct here?
Update #2: Variety decided to get in on the action now, too. They say the original story is half-true: Warners is exploring a sequel with Todd Phillips, but nothing has been finalized and no scripts are currently being written. As for the report of a separate DC character origin film? That’s false, at least according to Variety. The original story continues below
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From the outset, Todd Phillips was determined to not direct a Joker sequel. Phillips made it clear that he only directed the wildly successful film as a standalone feature, with no plans to continue the story of the Batman rogue. But following the massive box office success of Joker, which is expected to clear $1 billion worldwide by the end of the week, Phillips may be starting to change his thinking on coming back for a Joker sequel.
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There was a time when everyone thought an origin movie about Batman’s arch nemesis The Joker was a bad idea. Now that director Todd Phillips has given us that movie with Joker, there are some who still stand by that judgment. But as the box office for the R-rated comic book movie starring Joaquin Phoenix has shown, audiences have been curious and captivated by this unsettling version of how the Gotham City criminal came to be. In fact, despite being limited by the R-rating, Joker has now become the most profitable comic book movie of all-time. Read More »
One of the questions people have after watching Joker is, “What happened to Zazie Beetz‘s character?” Without spoiling anything yet, we’ll just say that her fate is left somewhat ambiguous in the final cut of the movie. But now director and co-writer Todd Phillips is coming in to provide a definitive answer about her fate.
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