Joker director Todd Phillips commented on how the Joaquin Phoenix film tried to differentiate itself from Marvel films.
While Marvel Studios’ cinematic universe established itself as a fan-favorite franchise and box office juggernaut well before Avengers: Endgame became the highest-grossing film of all-time, Warner Bros. and DC’s own shared world has struggled to gain the same level of reverence even with some financial success of their own. Now, DC Films appears to be rethinking its strategy and will focus on individual projects that don’t necessarily follow the Marvel model of being connected to a shared universe.
One of those projects is Joker, a standalone film from director Todd Phillips that focuses on Joaquin Phoenix’s Arthur Fleck is a universe that is set apart from DC’s Extended Universe. In an interview with ComicBook.com, Todd Phillips noted that this darker and real-world take on the Joker was partly influenced by their efforts to stand apart from Marvel:
“You can’t beat Marvel — it’s a giant behemoth. Let’s do something they can’t do.”
Are you excited to see Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix’s take on the Joker? Would you like to see more superhero films make an effort to avoid replicating Marvel’s success and try something different? Could Marvel try something more serious one day? 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.
‘Titans’ Batmobile Concept Art Reveals Different Takes On Batman’s Iconic Vehicle
Following its brief appearance in last week's episode, concept art for Titans' Batmobile has been released and reveals different takes on Batman's iconic vehicle.
The latest episode of Titans revealed a brief first look at a new version of the Batmobile while Dick Grayson is in the Batcave via flashback. The final version of the Batmobile in the Titans universe appears to be inspired by Batman 89 and The Animated Series. Concept art has been released and the initial designs were seemingly inspired by many past versions of the Batmobile across different mediums. You can check out the concept art below:
Do you like the look of the Batmobile in Titans? Which concept art version is your favorite? Comment below!
The series continues this week with the episode titled “Asylum” and you can read the official synopsis below!
When The Messenger (recurring guest star REED BIRNEY) reveals that Rachel’s birth mother is alive and being held captive by The Organization in a mysterious psychiatric facility, Rachel is determined to rescue her. But once inside, the Titans are faced with their deepest vulnerabilities and fears.
Guest Cast: Rachel Nichols as Angela, Reed Birney as The Messenger and Rachel Crawford as Doctor.
The series stars Brenton Thwaites as Richard “Dick” Grayson / Robin, Anna Diop as Koriand’r / Starfire, Teagan Croft as Rachel Roth / Raven, and Ryan Potter as Garfield “Gar” Logan / Beast Boy.
Titans is now available exclusively on DC Universe.