The first reactions to Joaquin Phoenix’s upcoming standalone Joker film have hit the web, revealing what fans should expect when the new Clown Prince of Crime arrives in theaters this October.
Joaquin Phoenix makes his debut as the new Joker in the film which features an origin story for the iconic Batman villain. The three-time Academy-award nominee has long been rumored to have crushed his performance in the film.
Todd Phillips (The Hangover) directed the film, which will take place outside of the current DC cinematic universe in an attempt to create new storylines and expand on DC canon. He also wrote the Joker movie script with Scott Silver (8 Mile), drawing inspiration from Martin Scorsese classics such as Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, with the film taking place in a gritty 1980s Gotham. It’s said to focus on Joaquin Phoenix as a failed comedian who becomes The Joker after bombing with audiences.
But is the new Joker movie any good? Did Joaquin Phoenix turn in another incredible performance in his first turn as the DC villain? You can check out what critics are saying about the film below!
#Joker has been receiving unanimous praise from critics after its Venice debut, where it received a thunderous standing ovation, with critics calling it a "darkly funny", "thrilling", "tragic" "masterpiece" anchored by a "powerful, Oscar worthy performance" from Joaquin Phoenix. pic.twitter.com/bh2nw39STu
— Film Updates Back-Up (@TheFilmUpdates) August 31, 2019
I can’t quite believe how good Joker is. It’s a masterpiece. Funny, dark, beautiful, full of rage, and really fucking cool. Joaquin Phoenix is masterful and every shot is sublime. #Venezia76
— James Jones (@jamesjonesfilm) August 31, 2019
#Joker molto riuscito. Phoenix prevedilmente strepitoso, ma è proprio tutta la baracca che regge assai bene e gestisce con polso una storia per forza di cose risaputa e prevedibile, usando i cliché a proprio vantaggio. Presenza in Concorso stra-meritata. #Venezia76 pic.twitter.com/taN71Xb2QG
— Rigoletto (@Sparafucile2000) August 31, 2019
— Olivier Sarbil (@oliviersarbil) August 31, 2019
There will be before Joker. And there will be after Joker. I don't know if the world is ready for this movie. Or maybe it is? It is GNARLY. It is crazy. It is audacious. It doesn't hold back. Wow. I can't believe it exists. But it does. And it's coming.
— Alex B. (@firstshowing) August 31, 2019
FWIW, this Joker screening received the loudest applause/cheers of the festival yet. Seems critics loved it. 😈🤡 #Venezia76
— Alex B. (@firstshowing) August 31, 2019
— Michele Fullin (@defulpis) August 31, 2019
“Bring in the clowns!!!” 🤡 #Joker will surprise the hell out of people. Dark, twisted, brutal origin story of the most recognised villain in popular culture. Joaquin Phoenix adds another iconic performance to his extraordinary career #Venezia76
— Radek Folta (@rdfolta) August 31, 2019
Joker premiered at the Venice International Film Festival today ahead of its U.S. debut in Toronto. The highly-anticipated movie opens in theaters nationwide this October.
Here is the official synopsis for Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker:
Director Todd Phillips “Joker” centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone fictional story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck, who is indelibly portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, is of a man struggling to find his way in Gotham’s fracturedsociety. A clown-for-hire by day, he aspires to be a stand-up comic at night…but finds the joke always seems to be on him. Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty, Arthur makes one bad decision that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events in this gritty character study.
Opening in theaters on October 4, 2019, Joker stars Joaquin Phoenix, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, Marc Maron, Brett Cullen, Bryan Callen, and Robert De Niro. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for more updates on the Joker movie!
Check Out Every Image From Joaquin Phoenix’s ‘Joker’ Movie Here
Warner Bros.' upcoming standalone Joker film starring Joaquin Phoenix is just over six weeks away from hitting theaters so we've rounded up all of the film's official images showing off the next Clown Prince of Crime.
Joker starring Joaquin Phoenix is set to be an origin story. The gritty and grounded crime film directed by Todd Phillips (The Hangover) is set in 1980s Gotham City follows Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck, a failed 1980s comedian that becomes The Joker after he bombs with audiences. The film will serve as DC's first outing beyond its the current cinematic universe since it was launched by Zack Snyder in 2013 with Man of Steel in order to create new and unique storylines as the studio expands DC canon.
So far, Warner Bros. has released official images from the film featuring Joaquin Phoenix along with Robert De Niro who plays talk show host Murray Franklin, as well as Zazie Beetz' Sophie Dumond, who appears to be a love interest of Joaquin Phoenix's Joker in the film. You can check out all of the officially released stills from Joker in the gallery below!
Directed by Todd Phillips from a script he co-wrote with Scott Silver, the film stars Joaquin Phoenix, Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Douglas Hodge, Marc Maron, Josh Pais, and Shea Whigham.
“Joker” centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck (Phoenix), a man disregarded by society, is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.
Joker will be released in theaters on October 4, 2019. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on Joaquin Phoenix, Joker, and the future of the DC slate as we learn it.