While it has been rumored for quite some time that Warner Bros. and DC Films have been hammering away at a solo Joker film showcasing the character’s origins and eventual rise to power, earlier today the internet was sent into a fevered frenzy when the news broke that actor Joaquin Phoenix may be the next in line to portray the Clown Prince of Crime. This, of course, left some fans to interpret just how the award-winning actor could look like as the iconic Batman villain.
While the actor is still reportedly in talks to play the villain in a gritty Martin Scorsese-produced origin movie, Reddit user UberBarrett shared his take on Phoenix as the Joker where they drew inspiration from the character’s more somber appearance in Frank Miller’s classic Batman tale The Dark Knight Returns.
While it may not be as over the top as some of his previous live-action incarnations, the digital artist’s take on the character still manages to be eerie and intimidating, showcasing what Phoenix could possibly bring to the table should the rumors of his involvement with the project pan out. You can take at look at UberBarrett’s manipulation interpretation below.
The project is slated to draw inspiration from Scorsese’s early works such as Raging Bull and Taxi Driver and will be directed by Todd Phillips which will be a standalone film that is separate from the DC Extended Universe in an effort to create new and unique storylines to expand the canon.
Keep an eye on Heroic Hollywood as more details on this project come out.
B-List DC Comics Characters Who Deserve Their Own Movies
DC Comics are ripe of amazing characters with potential. If Marvel can successfully make an Iron Man movie, something that was considered a bad idea at the time due to the character’s unpopular status, then DC can do something similar with a different character. Batman and Superman are great, but they don’t deserve all the attention in this fascinating universe.
With so many DC-themed movies on the horizon over at Warner Brothers, it makes sense for producers to dig through back issues to search for interesting stories about characters who aren’t necessarily known by the full public to adapt. There are no such thing as bad characters — sometimes certain writers just aren’t able to bring out the character’s full potential in various stories. Even the best heroes and villains can have bad movies (I’m looking at you Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), so all these characters need is a strong, passionate filmmaker to come around and turn them into a hit.
Hit Next to find out which B-list DC Comics characters deserve their own movies!