Development is still underway on director Todd Phillips’ Joker origin movie, which will be part of DC’s untitled banner for non-canon films. Last we heard, Joaquin Phoenix was in early talks to play the titular villain. Now, a new report sheds light on the movie’s portrayal of the Clown Prince of Crime.
According to The Wrap, Joker will be portrayed as a failed comedian in the 1980s. His lack of success with audiences ultimately leads to him becoming the Clown Prince of Crime. This is similar to Martin Scorsese’s King of Comedy, and The Joker will include nods to that film. It should also remind fans of The Killing Joke, which also depicted Joker as a failed comedian.
The Wrap adds that Joaquin Phoenix is “close” to a deal to star in the movie. Currently, the plan is to begin production later this year. However, the script is being rewritten, and that might lead to a delay.
Expect more news to come soon. Stay tuned.
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