Warner Bros.’ Joker movie has been assembling a truly impressive cast for a comic book film. Joaquin Phoenix is set to play the future Clown Prince of Crime, with Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, and more filling out the supporting cast. Now, the latest casting confirms the presence of a key DC Comics character.
Actor Alec Baldwin is joining Joker as none other than Thomas Wayne, aka Bruce Wayne/Batman’s father. Traditionally, Wayne is depicted as a physician and philanthropist. But according to The Hollywood Reporter, this movie will portray Wayne as a “cheesy and tanned” businessman, a la 1980s Donald Trump. Given Baldwin’s performance as Trump on SNL, this move makes some sense.
Thomas Wayne has been portrayed many times in live action, specifically in every cinematic incarnation of Batman. And he dies in every single one of them, sparking the origin of the Dark Knight. Considering how much Joker is expected to divert from canon, that may not happen here. Expect something very, very different.
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Joker hits theaters on October 4th, 2019.