Now I’m sure many of you already know about the news reports that Warner Brothers will possibly be launching a new DC movie franchise that will not be part of the current DC live action films, and this new franchise will be launching independent films based on the characters of DC. Later last year, Deadline reported a solo Joker origin film was in the works with Todd Phillips who is best known for the Hangover films will be not only co-writing the film with 8 Mile writer Scott Silver but he will also be working as the director for this film along with academy award winner Martin Scorsese possibly on board as producer for the film as well.
Now just recently another report came out that Joaquin Phoenix has been in talks with Todd Phillips to possibly play the clown prince of crime, and for the most part the news has been received fairly well by majority of the public.
Even though I’m hesitant to believe a lot of the rumored DC news lately, I think the news about Joaquin Phoenix possibly playing the joker is fantastic! Joaquin Phoenix has been known to be in a number of films such as Gladiator, Her, and Inherent Vice. Many people even say his acting is so good he is almost a chameleon, and that is exactly why I think he is one the best picks for the role. Having an actor like Joaquin Phoenix that can completely adapt to the characteristics and mindset of the Joker could possibly give off one of the best performances of the joker ever! In fact if this works out and this movie turns out great, Joaquin Phoenix could possibly rival Heath Ledger’s performance as the joker in the film The Dark Knight! And yes it is possible to rival that performance but I think it will take the right team to pull that off, and I think so far Warner brothers has possibly gathered the right team for the job.
Reasons why the new DC banner can work:
The idea of having else world stories worries me, because people might begin to get confused rightfully so about which characters are in continuity and which are not, but still the idea of having different directors of all different styles coming in and showing their point of view on DC characters is amazing news and I think if done well, it can turn out to be something great. Right now it looks like the future DC films might be going in that direction anyway. With Aquaman coming later this year from director James Wan who is mostly known for horror films such as the Saw Franchise and The Conjuring films, seeing James Wan tackle a film that’s not horror based but possibly more action based will be very cool to see, and James Wan has already shown that he can handle action basedon his work as director for Furious 7. Aquaman has the ability to be an epic film with epic visuals that no one has seen before, and I’m looking forward to what James Wan does with the film later this year.
Other films that could come out of the new banner:
Lastly like I mentioned before, having else world or solo stories could be a great thing. The new possible banner allows directors and writers to tell stories on certain characters that don’t necessarily have to fit in with the continuity. Seeing a film that has Jason Todd for example as the main lead and having the audience see a gritty Gotham full of crime in the point of view of Jason Todd would be a really cool thing to see, because it allows readers who are already aware of the character’s story to resonate with him on a different level, and it allows new people to possibly become fans of a character they did not know about before. We’re already have a Nightwing film on the way based on one of my favorite heroes from DC, so it’s possible anything can happen.
Overall, Warner Brothers and DC launching a new possible banner that allows for more independent film making using DC characters can not only be a great thing, but it can also put them on a different level than marvel without trying to compete with them and allow people to see their own style on things without comparing them to other companies. I’m looking forward to what Warner Brothers and DC does in the future, and I hope for the best.
If you’re interested in learning more on this news, check out the articles below to know more details and to stay updated on everything:
Solo Joker Film Announcement and details on new division: http://deadline.com/2017/08/the-joker-origin-movie-todd-phillips-martin-scorsese-scott-silver-batman-dc-universe-1202154053/
Joaquin Phoenix in talks to play The Joker: http://variety.com/2018/film/news/joaquin-phoenix-the-joker-origin-movie-todd-phillips-1202692188/
James Wan Announced as Director for Aquaman: http://variety.com/2015/film/news/aquaman-james-wan-directing-1201511748/
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