Superhero movies and TV shows are everywhere. The comic book genre continues to enthrall audiences, leading to a new blockbuster every few months. On the DC side of things, there are few characters quite as beloved as Batman and his nemesis The Joker. There have been a handful of live-action Joker adaptations over the years, with Jared Leto recently taking on the role on David Ayer’s less than stellar Suicide Squad. But DC has plans for the Clown Prince of Crime, one of them being Todd Phillips’ Joker movie, which would function outside the greater DCEU. Phillips managed to book Joaquin Phoenix in the lead role, and the actor himself recently revealed why he’s signed on for such an iconic character.
While Joaquin Phoenix seems ready to team up alongside Todd Phillips for the Joker movie, he also understands the immense pressure tied to his eventual performance. Fans have a lot of expectations for the character, especially as he’s compared to Heather Ledger‘s Oscar winning performance and Jared Leto’s recent tattooed version.
The pressure surrounding Todd Phillips’ Joker movie also lies in the concept itself: an origin story. Part of what makes The Joker so terrifying is that he usually doesn’t have a long backstory that audiences are privy to. He’s just one guy who snapped, and is intent on bringing anarchy down on Gotham City. While Joaquin Phoenix certainly has the acting chops to pull off Mr. J, delving into the psyche of the white faced monster might make him far less scary. With an origin story, he’s just like any other tragic protagonist.
It’s currently unclear when Todd Phillips’ Joker movie will hit theaters. The next DC movie to expect is James Wan’s Aquaman on December 21st. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.