Warner Bros. is promoting Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker with a scathing review.
In less than a month, audiences will finally get to see Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker. The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival. While critics are divided, no one can deny that Joker has more positive stuff than negative, and Warner Bros. has decided that they might as well market the film with both the positive and the negative. This type of marketing is actually perfect for a character like the Joker because his whole shtick is anarchy. Obviously, Warner Bros. could stick to just positive reviews that highlight Joaquin Phoenix’s performance but this some of that chaos that gets people to talk.
The review in question was written by David Ehrlich for IndieWire. The critic wasn’t a big fan of Joker and gave it a “C+.” In his review, Ehrlich highlights how the Joaquin Phoenix film is mostly drivel with no real ambition apart from riling up a reaction from its audiences. He also suggested that the film is by no means intellectual and is just general popcorn fare. Warner Bros. latched on and is using that notion to market the film. You can check out the marketing still from Warner Bros. below.
With Joker, Warner Bros. is looking to tap into Scorsese classics such as Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, with the Joaquin Phoenix film set in a gritty and grounded 1980s Gotham City. Todd Phillips is directing the standalone piece, which is said to be separate from the DC Extended Universe in an effort to create new and unique storylines to expand the canon.
Todd Phillips also wrote the Joker script with Scott Silver, the man behind the 2002 drama film 8 Mile starring Eminem. The project is said to focus on Joaquin Phoenix’s Clown Prince of Crime as a failed 1980s comedian who becomes The Joker after bombing with audiences.
What do you think? Are you excited to see Joaquin Phoenix in Warner Bros.’ Joker? Let us know in the comments section below!
Here is the official synopsis for Joaquin Phoenix’s 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 fractured society. 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.
Opening in theaters on October 4, 2019, Joker stars Joaquin Phoenix, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, Marc Maron, Brett Cullen, Bryan Callen, and Robert De Niro. Stay tuned for more updates on the Joker movie!
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.