Frances McDormand has passed on the opportunity to play the Joker’s Mother in DC’s upcoming origin film about the Clown Prince of Crime.
The film which stars Joaquin Phoenix as the Batman villain was greenlit earlier this week. The studio is looking for a big name to fill the role of the Joker’s Mother, a name as big as McDormand’s but the Academy Award-winning actress turned down the gig
DC NEWS NUGGET: Frances McDormand passed on playing Joaquin Phoenix's mom in Todd Phillip's UNTITLED JOKER ORIGIN movie. They want a name for the mom.
— Umberto Gonzalez (@elmayimbe) July 14, 2018
Official plot details are still under wraps but the Joker origin film is to be a gritty and grounded crime film set in 1980s Gotham City, separate from DC’s current shared cinematic universe in an effort to create new and unique storylines as the studio expands DC canon. The story is rumored to feature the Clown Prince of Crime as a failed 1980s comedian who becomes The Joker after bombing with audiences, a deliberate nod to Martin Scorsese’s 1982 film The King of Comedy about a delusional comedian.
The studio has officially described the film as an “exploration of a man disregarded by society [that] is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.” Production on the project is set to get underway this September in New York City with a budget of $55 million.
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10 Young Actors Who Could Replace Ben Affleck As Batman
After suiting up three times, rumors are suggesting that Ben Affleck will not play Batman in Matt Reeve’s upcoming solo film. Apparently, Reeve’s script focuses on a younger Batman instead of following a Caped Crusader who is already well-established into his crime-fighting career. Hopefully, whatever story Reeves has cooking up is worth the recast and will showcase this younger Batman kicking butt on a scale movie-goers have yet to see.
To replace Ben Affleck, DC is pivoting to a younger actor who could potentially be a part of the cinematic universe for years to come. Batman is likely the publisher’s most popular character, so they need to choose an actor who could be an imposing presence on their larger film library moving forward. Ben Affleck’s version of the character is certainly enjoyable, and the warehouse fight in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is likely Batman’s coolest battle on the big screen, but DC needs a younger, more lively Batman if they want their films to match Marvel Studios.
Hit Next to discover 10 young actors who could replace Ben Affleck as Batman!