Why Joker Origin Movie is a Bad Idea
Hollywood Reporter just reporter that the Joker origin movie was officially given the green light. Joaquin Phoenix finalized his deal to star as the Joker and shooting begins in September.
The budget is in the $55 million range, significantly lower than most comic book movie budgets. The stand-alone is meant to be darker and more experimental in tone and content. It is described as being more like a crime drama than a superhero movie.
Now that you are caught up on the details that we know so far, this is why I personally think it is a bad decision by Warner Bros.
Jared Leto of course was the most recent actor to portray the Joker in Suicide Squad and his role got very mixed reviews. Many believed he wasn’t given enough screen time, it also lead to speculation that he was done with the DCEU. However, he is expected to get his own standalone joker movie and keep the Joker role in the Suicide Sequel.
So my question is what happens if Joaquin crushes the role, and everyone wants him as the Joker in future DCEU movies. Are they just going to scrap Jared Leto’s Joker and not give him another shot? Seems unlikely.
Last point is also the same type of grumbling we heard with Spider-Man having 3 different actors portray the role in less than 10 years; we will be hearing with the Joker now. With of course Heath Ledger being the 3rd actor that I haven’t mentioned yet.