Tommy Wiseau, director of the avant-garde “so bad, it’s good” masterpiece (Or perhaps disasterpiece?) known as The Room, has made it clear that he wants to break into mainstream geek culture with either a creative or acting role in movies based on Marvel Comics, Star Wars, or DC Comics. Wiseau continues to campaign for a role in the Todd Philips Joker project in particular, sharing some fan-art of himself photoshopped into the supervillain’s iconic attire.
Wiseau was shown in his signature shades in this fan art from SPDRMNKYXXIII, giving the actor a Heath Ledger-inspired look (“Wiseau serious?”) in the dark, murky streets of Gotham:
Yes ! I want to be THE JOKER !
— Tommy Wiseau (@TommyWiseau) February 11, 2018
While Wiseau is not likely to land the title role going up against a name like Joaquin Phoenix, stranger things have happened. Wiseau was somehow able to get $6 million to create a movie and prove to Hollywood that he could make a movie himself, even if it didn’t quite turn out the way he expected.
The standalone, non-DC Extended Universe Joker movie does not currently have a release date. The film is slated to be directed by Todd Phillips, produced by Martin Scorsese, and written by Phillips and Scott Silver.
In the meantime, those interested in seeing Wiseau’s life story can check out The Disaster Artist, a film about the making of The Room, which is still playing in select theaters and should become available on DVD and Blu-Ray soon enough.
6 Elseworlds Movies That DC Should Make For The Big Screen
Occasionally, there are times when comic book authors toss comic book continuity aside and straight-up create an alternate universe to tell brand new stories that bend the rules of the characters and radically change their settings as a side effect. DC calls these stories “Elseworlds,” and from the sound of things, DC is coming up with a plan to introduce that concept into their movie division with the standalone Joker movie set outside of the DC Extended Universe. The project, which has yet to be formally announced by Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment, is set in the 1980s and is styled after movies like Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver (fitting, considering that Scorsese is producing the project). It should be noted that the DCEU is still in active development on a Joker & Harley Quinn project, featuring Jared Leto and Margot Robbie reprising their roles from Suicide Squad, following that movie’s unexpected cliffhanger.
Whether or not having a mix of creator-driven and shared-universe-driven narratives get developed at the same time will work, or whether audiences will be confused by it, remains to be seen. It certainly has worked for DC’s animated movies (as evident by most movies being their own thing while some — like Justice League: War and Teen Titans: The Judas Contract — share the same setting), but in an age of cinematic universes, this might be harder to pull off. The DC Elseworlds Multiverse, as we’ll call it for the sake of this article, has a lot of source material it could draw upon to tell one-off stories. While the DCEU will continue tell one big story about the return of the so-called Age of Heroes, the DCEM should be able to take advantage of the nature of self-contained stories and go completely nuts with them, embracing their radical departure from the source material and telling the kinds of stories we could never see in a shared universe.
Here are 6 stories that we think need to be brought to the big screen as part of Warner Bros. and DC’s Elseworlds-style universe. Click Next to get started.