Put on a happy face
A failed stand-up comedian is driven insane and becomes a psychopathic murderer.
Back in 1989 Warner Bros. created our first cinematic Joker by throwing him into a vat of chemical waste. This time around they appear to have created him merely by throwing him into society. But this rather unique cinematic origin for the Joker seemingly works and intrigues me to no end.
There’s obviously a distinct lack of Batman, but for this specific story they’re trying to tell, that appears to work more in its favour. Batman’s absence is also not really much of a surprise as DC/Warner Bros haven’t been all that keen on the idea of an extended universe (to the extent that they themselves don’t officially endorse the term ”DCEU”) and have been trying to focus mainly on standalone movies - a trend they appear to be doubling-down on as of late.
The visual style of the Joker is brilliant and I love how the face paint is reminiscent of the mask worn by the Joker in the opening scene to The Dark Knight (both designs I believe are based on serial killer John Wayne Gacy, who became known as the “Killer Clown” because of his career entertaining [or possibly terrifying] children by dressing up as ‘Pogo the Clown’). Joaquin Phoenix certainly looks as though he’s going to give us a psychologically intense and stellar performance that will no doubt become a worthy addition to the roster of actors who have portrayed the character thus far.