Yesterday, Todd Phillips, who is directing The Joker origin movie called The Joker, released the very first look at Joaquin Phoenix as the title character. Take everything you knew about The Joker, throw it into a dumpster located directly behind the men’s section of a Michigan Kmart, and you’ve only scratched the surface.
Alec Baldwin may be rich, a frequent tuxedo wearer, and have a history of facing off with strangers on the streets of New York, but he won’t be playing Batman’s dead dad in an upcoming film about The Joker. A few days ago it was reported that Alec would appear opposite Joaquin Phoenix in Todd Phillip’s origin story about The Joker, as Bruce Wayne’s father Dr. Thomas Wayne. Sources were extremely sure that Alec had been cast in Joker, and it seemed all that was left was for Alec to confirm the news himself. But he tweeted that it’s not happening.
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.
“They’re never going to get married because they think marriage is too mainstream… Joaquin transforms all his girlfriends into being holistic, vegan, spiritual and into saving the world.”
BEEP-BEEP-BEEP! That’s my red-flag warning sensor going the fuck off. Joaquin “transforms” his girlfriends? I’ve always said don’t you ever change for a man. Especially one who looks like he was lost in the woods for a decade. And what the fuck is mainstream about marriage? Only half of couples even succeed at it!
The Joker is the role Jared Leto was born to play. I mean, The Joker is basically just a trolling prankster with an enormous ego who’s kind of hard to look at, right? Jared’s got that in spades! Maybe that’s why he’s excited about getting his very own Warner Bros. Joker movie. According to Variety, Jared is going to star in and executive produce a standalone movie based on his version of The Joker from Suicide Squad.
Some say the ideal Joaquin Phoenix interview is a mix of weirdness, arrogance, unintentional humor, and a spritz of douche. We’re all in luck, because that’s what Joaquin Phoenix delivered when he was interviewed for Interview magazine by Will Ferrell. If you’d like a quick gauge on the Joaquin-y quality of this interview, there’s the fact that at one point he describes children as smelling profoundly of rotten bananas. So here we go!