This week we have some Joker for you. And some Joker. More Joker and some side of homicidal clown. HHAhAhaaHahahaHaHaHaHahahAhahahaHAhAhAHAHAHAhahAHAh!
Joker Origin Solo Movie Announced
Deadline broke the news (and Hollywood Reporter confirmed it later) that Hangover director Todd Phillips is working on a Joker Origin solo movie, which will be set in a 80s Gotham, which will be very inspired by classic Scorsese New York movies like Taxi Driver. That is not all when it comes to the mafia movie legends influence on the project, since apparently Scorsese will also produce the film, which will be
the first film under a new banner that has yet to be named in which WB can expand the canon of DC properties and create unique storylines with different actors playing the iconic characters.
The Joker will therefore not be played by Jared Leto and the film will NOT tie into the DCEU at all and be set inside its own universe, like the Nolan Batman movies for example.
I actually think this is as bad of an idea as we are gonna get, since A) the Joker doesn't need an origin movie, because it demystifies him and makes him actually less scary and B) having two live action movie Jokers at the same time on screens in theatres will confuse and split the fanbase. And where would it end? For a sequel, they would have to cast another Batman, another Harley etc., while Affleck and Margot Robbie also play the exact same characters in the DCEU. It's just a BAD idea.
WB should rather focus on the universe they have going now and don't start other ones in parallel, in my opinion. As much as it pains me to say this as a HUGE Batman, Joker and also Scorsese fan, this is a movie I really don't want to happen at all. We have to see if it really takes off or not.
Joker vs. Harley Quinn Movie Announced
From a Joker movie I really don't wanna see, to a Joker movie I really do wanna see, let's talk about the announcement of a Joker vs. Harley Quinn movie, rumored to be called "Mad Love", starring the DCEU's Margot Robbie and Jared Leto as Harley and Joker respectively.
The Hollywood Reporter claims that DC/WB are in final negotiations with Crazy Stupid Love filmmakers Glenn Ficarra and John Requa to write and direct the insane relationship film, which will chronicle the break up between DC's craziest couple and therefore lead into the Gotham City Sirens movie, which will see a single Harley team up with Catwoman and Poison Ivy.
I actually think this is the way to go with these characters on film. Leto's main problem as Joker was that he simply did not get enough time to shine as Joker (I still loved him though and he is actually my favorite live action version of the character to date), which a leading role in a movie would remedy and we all wanna see more Harley, especially when its about, arguably, her most important story: getting out of the most horrible of abusive relationships in fiction.
I am not sure about the directors yet, as I actually liked Crazy Stupid Love and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (which also starred Margot Robbie) fine, but I wouldn't have picked these guys to helm a Batman related film at all. Of course that doesn't mean they won't have a great one in them, as the Russo Brothers ended up making a great Captain America movie (Winter Soldier) after being sitcom directors on TV.
Overall, I am pumped and excited about this one and hope it turns out well.
Jared Leto Talks Joker
In a week that couldn't be more Joker themed if we tried, Jared Leto talked to the hosts of the radio show Kyle and Jackie 'O about his turn as Joker in Suicide Squad. The hosts asked him if he is finished with the role, after being cut down to a cameo in the movie.
"No, there's so much hype and bullsh-- about that, I think it's just fun thing to talk about. Even when [Suicide Squad] came out, there was so much misrepresentation about what went down, about the method acting crap. It's just that 90% of it was not even true. It just takes on a life of its own. [Filming Suicide Squad] was an incredible experience, everyone was amazing. Margot Robbie [is] one of the nicest people and one of the best actresses I've ever worked with. I really loved working with her. I thought the scenes we did together were some of the most fun I've ever had on a set before. But everything is great in that world and I'm really proud to be a part of it."
As a HUGE fan of what Leto did with Joker in Suicide Squad, this bit of news leaves me ECSTATIC, as I really had worried about his willingness to stay with the role.
So yea, this is simply the Joker I wanna see more off and by the sounds of this and the Mad Love film, I will.
Gotham Trailer Shows Off Proto Batsuit
The newest trailer for season 4 of Gotham has dropped and gives us a new look at what will happen when we return to Batman's birth city.
One thing that happens, apparently, is Bruce will don a horrible looking proto Batsuit. Yikes.
Shazam Director Speaks
Director David F. Sandberg (Lights Out, Annabelle Creation) talked to Collider about his upcoming third movie, the DC Film Shazam!
During the interview he was asked about the handling of Billy Batson (the civilian identity of Shazam) and if he would de-age an actor for that role.
"I wouldn’t want to do that. That seems like way too much of a hassle. So I think it’s just kind of best to have a kid and an adult. Yeah and they’ve done quite well, I mean Kurt Russell was in the latest Guardians was really well made I thought, but I think there’s a limit to it as well. You probably can’t do someone to be a kid. Why create that hassle for yourself?"
He also answered when he will start work on the DC Comics film.
"Pretty much going into Shazam! right away. I mean my life’s just become so weird because I got to do Lights Out and immediately afterward I got to do Annabelle and now I’m going straight into Shazam!, so it’s like I’m on a roll so let’s just keep going until they kick me out of Hollywood."