Kevin Smith Defends The Joker Origin Movie Starring Joaquin Phoenix

Kevin-Smith-Discusses-Justice LeagueKevin Smith recently spoke up about the new Joaquin Phoenix Joker movie and shared his thoughts about why he likes the idea.

The announcement of the new Joker origin film starring Joaquin Phoenix has caused mixed reactions. On one hand, Phoenix is a brilliant actor and there’s no one who seems better for the character. On the other, one could argue having a Joker origin story makes no sense. Well, Kevin Smith has opened up about the idea and says that he is completely game for the upcoming movie.

During his July 13th episode of Hollywood Babble-on Smith says:

“Think about it, there was a time in our lives where there were no Joker films, and no prospect of a Joker film. I’ll take ‘em. Here’s the thing, at the end of the day, I’ll see a trailer — I know me. Even if the trailer is terrible, even if the trailer is a minute of footage of them killing my mother in front of me, I’m sure I’ll be like, ‘Well, I’ll give it a shot when it comes out.’ I know I’m gonna f—n’ watch this movie.”

He further compares the new DC strategy to that of Fox’s with films like Deadpool and Logan, meaning the projects will take more risks with adult audiences:

“I think what they’re doing is smart. This is a cheap movie, it’s $55 million. They’re not spending — $55 [million] for a comic book property? That’s very inexpensive. They’re going Logan model, which is keep it low-budget and make it more adult.

He then says that the fans should at least be excited about the prospect of Warner Brothers and DC experimenting, which even I have to admit is a fair point:

“They’re experimenting. You gotta applaud ‘em for this. Everyone’s always sh—tting on Warner Bros. going, ‘You’re f—king up your movies!’ And like, this is them trying a new direction where they’re like, ‘Look, obviously the extended universe stuff we’re having a problem with. How about we just go back to the old way, which we used to do, where we just f—in’ take material, give it to a director, and say f—in’ go, and we don’t worry about a fanbase and connecting the movies. ”

Todd Phillips (The Hangover) is set to direct from a script co-written by Scott Silver (8 Mile) and himself. He’ll also produce the film alongside The Wolf of Wall Street producer Emma Tillinger Koskoff with Richard Baratta serving as executive producer.

Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the future of DC Films as we learn it.

Source: Hollywood Babble-On

10 Great Potential Directors For DC’s ‘Green Lantern Corps’

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Green Lantern Corps DC ComicsGreen Lantern Corps has been on the DC Films slate for quite some time, but it’s been a while since we’ve heard anything solid about the project. The film’s original release date was slated for 2020 yet no director, casting announcement or any real progress has been made so far. Warner Bros. and DC failed to lay the groundwork for the film by introducing a Green Lantern as a member of the Justice League (except for a small cameo in a flashback). It is safe to assume Warner Bros. wants to have a good amount of time to distance the general audience from the disastrous 2011 Green Lantern film starring Ryan Reynolds. Yet now approaching seven years one has to wonder when this film will get off the ground? The success of Guardians of the Galaxy has proven no concept is too far out there for the general movie going audience and DC could have its own intergalactic saga to compete with Marvel by making this movie.

Warner Bros. and DC even have an interesting hook to separate Green Lantern Corps from not only Guardians of the Galaxy but also every other major superhero film. The DC project is supposedly a “buddy cop film set in space.” Basically Lethal Weapon meets Star Trek. Or even for a more modern reference, The Nice Guys meets Mass Effect. That’s a great pitch for any movie. Green Lantern Corps needs to be a higher priority for the studio than Lobo, Nightwing or that Joker origin movie.

The first step is finding the right director for the project. David S. Goyer, who has written a draft of the script, was rumored to be in talks to helm the project, but Warner Bros. and DC are paving a new path forward so they may want to try getting a better director. Hundreds of directors make interesting films every year and given the recent success of Black Panther, Wonder Woman and Thor: Ragnarok, it’s clear that some of the best choices come from unconventional places.

These are the ten directors that should be on Warner Bros. and DC’s radar to help bring the Green Lantern Corps to the big screen. Click Next to get started!

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