In a rather weird turn of events – there is now a new Joker. Or rather, Warner Bros announced a yet ‘untitled Joker origin film’ and over the weekend fans went batshit crazy due to an April Fools Joke.
The April Fools joke doing the rounds states that the film is, in fact, a Nolan Batman Prequel with Joaquin Phoenix confirmed as The Joker.
I assure you, this is not true. Joaquin Phoenix is only one of the names formerly mentioned as a potential new Joker. It’s not set in stone or even a serious consideration at this point and there are many others in the running – unofficially.
Deadline is reporting that the newest Joker film has already lined up a director, writers, and one mega producer. The Hangover‘s Todd Phillips will direct the origin film with 8 Mile‘s Scott Silver co-writing alongside him. They will be backed by none other than Martin Scorsese as a producer, but THR cautions his involvement is still fluid. The film will star a new actor in the role, with this report pointing to a possible 1980s setting.
Either way, Phoenix or not, I’m actually very glad to be moving away from the Jared Leto version of The Joker for a while as I’m sure many thousands of fans are across the globe right now. We’re still getting The Batman and Suicide Squad 2 but there’s only so much Jared Leto Joker one can stomach. I mean, Harley is a nice addition onscreen but our current Joker? Bitch, please.
Speaking to Fandango, Phoenix had this to say;
I see it as any other movie. I wouldn’t say…’I won’t do Westerns.’ It depends on what it is. I don’t really care about the genre, I care about the character and the filmmaker. If you have the ability to transcend the genre, then that’s what you want to do. So I wouldn’t say, hands down, no – I wouldn’t do that kind of movie. There are things where I’ve flirted with the possibility where there was the potential for this to be… something that’s actually interesting to me. But then for whatever reason they never got to that place where everyone else feels the same way. And that’s key. Everyone has to want to explore the same thing or else it just doesn’t f**king work. I’m not opposed to it. I don’t make decisions on budget or things like that – it’s really the filmmaker and the character.
I guess we will just have to wait and see how it all turns out. I personally hope for Cameron Monaghan in this Joker origin film since his portrayal of Jerome in Gotham is akin to the greatness of Heath Ledger’s own performance as The Joker. This could be truly legendary if done right.
The realistic outcome for all this will probably be the casting of someone we hate worse than Jared Leto and a few paradoxes Warner Bros will do their very best to explain away. Time will tell.
All this does raise some interesting prospects in my mind though as it’s now pretty clear that Warner Bros aren’t afraid of exploring avenues not connected to their current DCEU. With this door opening, could we see something in the future along the lines of Michael Keaton reprising his role as an aged Batman for Batman Beyond? Could we one day see a Christian Bale Batman again or even more spin-off films of popular villains and characters not connected to the DCEU?