If the rave reviews for Joker hasn’t yet sold you on the movie, then perhaps, the new hi-res images from the R-rated grim title would change your mind- unless you just aren’t a fan of exploring one of DC’s finest villain and go deeper into his grim world.
Warner Bros. has released over 20 new images which offer a glimpse into Arthur Fleck’s world and also gives a glimpse at his transformation into the clown prince of crime. One image in particular shows Robert De Niro as talk show host Murray Franklin. You can check out all the images below.
Phoenix’s portrayal as the Joker has already generated Oscar buzz since the film’s premiere at the Toronto international film festival. Though the movie initially received some backlash for violence, the negativity has been submerged with a sleeve of acclaimed reports as critics hail the R-rated gritty film.
Joker isn’t a traditional comic book movie but rather gives the audience a different taste of the genre and “keeps it alive“. Moreover, the movie didn’t take inspiration from any comic source materials though it shares some bare resemblance with DC’s comics Killing Joke.
Currently, the possibility of Phoenix’s return seems unlikely with even the director confirming that there definitely won’t be a crossover between Joker and the new Batman played by Robert Pattinson for DCEU. But the success of the film could help in persuading Warner Bros. to make more one-off titles for a DC Black division. Perhaps, a new Batman? or explore another supervillain’s arc?
“It’s not really connected to that [DC] Universe,” Phillips said in a Q&A at TIFF. “And it was really intentionally not.”
He continued: “I mean the original idea when I went to [Warner Bros] with the idea was not just about one movie, but about a label – sort of a side label to DC, where you can do these kind of character study, low-rent, low-budget movies, where you get a filmmaker to come in and do some deep dive into a character.
“So it was never meant to connect, so I don’t see it connecting to anything in the future. I think this is just this movie, you know?”
Directed by Todd Phillips, Joker stars Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, and Frances Conroy and is set to hit theaters on October 4.
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