Joaquin Phoenix Joker Artwork Evokes Classic Imagery

Joker Joaquin Phoenix Todd PhillipsEarlier this week, it was announced that Warner Bros. has officially given the upcoming Todd Phillips-directed standalone Joker movie the greenlight. Not only that, but three-time Academy Award-nominee Joaquin Phoenix has signed on to play the beloved clown prince of crime.

Phoenix will follow in the footsteps of actors Cesar Romero, Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger and Jared Leto as the latest actor to bring the Joker to life in a live-action feature film. With that announcement earlier this week, many fans are already imagining how Phoenix would look like as the Joker, with many talented artists finding inspiration from how the character is portrayed in the comics, TV shows and films among other media.

In this impressive artwork, we see Phoenix blowing smoke in a more clean-cut, classy kind of Joker. This seems to garner some inspiration from how the character’s design from Romero and Nicholson’s versions, giving Phoenix a more vintage look:

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.

Are you excited to see what Phoenix brings to this larger-than-life role? Under Todd Phillips’ direction, will the Academy Award-nominated actor bring a level of gravitas to the most iconic comic book villain of all-time that hasn’t been seen in nearly a decade? Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to continue following Heroic Hollywood for all the latest news regarding this upcoming Joker movie and more about upcoming DC Films.

10 Young Actors Who Could Replace Ben Affleck As Batman

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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.

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