In the origin story of Batman, a young Bruce Wayne decides to fight crime in disguise after witnessing the murder of his parents Thomas and Martha Wayne. I don’t know if part of Bruce Wayne’s origin story includes receiving an angry phone call from his dad calling him a rude, thoughtless little bat. But in the event he did, then the best casting decision of the year was just made. Variety says that Alec Baldwin will play Dr. Thomas Wayne in Joaquin Phoenix’s upcoming standalone film about The Joker.
Joaquin’s Joker movie, which still doesn’t have a title, is set to begin filming in September on a budget of $55 million. Since Joaquin’s Joker movie is a prequel/origin story, it takes place before The Joker is The Joker, which means we’re also dealing with a pre-Batman Bruce Wayne and Thomas Wayne, who is a Gotham doctor and philanthropist.
As for the rest of the cast, Variety says that director Todd Phillips will be working with Robert De Niro, who will be playing a talk show host that partly contributes to The Joker’s insanity. Zazie Beetz and Marc Maron will also appear, although it’s unknown who they’ll be playing.
Alec’s involvement also feels a bit like a six-degrees situation. Alec was married to Kim Basinger, who appeared in the 1989 movie Batman, which also featured an origin story for The Joker. It also featured the death of Batman’s parents too. Except this time around, whoever kills Bruce Wayne’s dad has a real job ahead of them. It’s Alec Baldwin: even with all the thespian strength in the world, there’s no way Alec will be able to tackle a street confrontation without hissing something offensive or threatening to get in their face.