Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker may contain an easter egg that pays tribute to Jack Nicholson’s version of the classic Batman villain.
In 1989, Jack Nicholson brought the Joker to life for Tim Burton’s Batman and this incarnation of the villain remains a favorite among a segment of fans. Now, Joaquin Phoenix will become the latest actor to embody the Clown Prince of Crime in a new feature film from director Todd Phillips titled Joker.
While Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker is currently set outside the DC Extended Universe, fans have already spotted a handful of nods to the comics in the latest trailer for the highly-anticipated film. Now, an eagle-eyed viewer has spotted what could be a nod to Jack Nicholson’s Clown Prince of Crime during the scene in which Joaquin Phoenix’s Arthur Fleck asks Robert De Niro’s Murray Franklin to be introduced on his show as “Joker.”
Check out the post below to see the artwork on the wall that bears a striking resemblance to Jack Nicholson’s Joker.
Do you think this artwork is an intentional nod to Jack Nicholson’s Joker? How do you think Joaquin Phoenix’s performance will compare to Jack Nicholson’s take on the Batman villain? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!
Here is the official synopsis for 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.
Directed by Todd Phillips from a script he co-wrote with Scott Silver, Joker stars Joaquin Phoenix, Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Douglas Hodge, Marc Maron, Josh Pais, and Shea Whigham.
Joker will be released in theaters on October 4, 2019.
DC Universe Debuts ‘Doom Patrol’ Character Posters
Along with the premiere of the first teaser for Doom Patrol, DC Universe also debuted a collection of character posters for each of the members of perhaps the strangest team of characters to be adapted in live-action form for DC Comics.
In particular, these new character posters highlight Timothy Dalton's The Chief, Diane Guerrero's Crazy Jane, Joivan Wade's Cyborg, April Bowlby's Elasti-Woman, Matt Bomer's Negative Man and Brendan Fraser's Robotman. These posters each follow unique designs that reflect the nature of each character and tease unique personalities amongst the group as well.
You can start the gallery of new posters by clicking "Next".
Which of these Doom Patrol posters is your favorite? Are you excited to see what the cast brings to these roles? Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to continue following Heroic Hollywood for all the latest news in the DC Universe.
Doom Patrol is a reimagining of one of DC’s strangest group of outcast Super Heroes which includes: Matt Bomer as Larry Trainor/Negative Man, Brendan Fraser as Cliff Steele/Robotman, April Bowlby as Elasti-Woman, Diane Guerrero as Crazy Jane, Joivan Wade as Victor Stone/Cyborg and Timothy Dalton as Dr. Niles Caulder/The Chief.
Here is the synopsis for the show:
“Doom Patrol will find the reluctant heroes in a place they never expected to be, called to action by Cyborg, who comes to them with a mission hard to refuse, but with a warning that is hard to ignore: their lives will never, ever be the same.”
Doom Patrol will premiere on February 15, 2019 exclusively on DC Universe.