– by Joseph Jammer Medina


Looks like details are still rolling in on the upcoming standalone Joker film. TheWrap is now reporting new character details for the Todd Phillips-directed movie.

According to insiders, the film’s lead will be presented as a failed comedian in the 1980s. After bombing with audiences, he will go on to become the Clown Prince of Crime after suffering “one bad day.” This also clarifies the involvement of producer Martin Scorsese. While this film is being billed as a gritty crime movie, the idea of a failed comedian is one that Phillips is looking to Scorsese for advice on, as the latter filmmaker directed the Robert DeNiro film, The King of Comedy, which covered similar territory.

But will Joaquin Phoenix actually star? Despite the actor denying all knowledge of the flick (He was one step away from saying, “What’s a comic book?”), it sounds like he’s leaning towards yes, and the report states that the studio is nearing a deal with the respected actor. While the movie is eyeing a mid-to-late 2018 production date, it is possible that it will be delayed. The film is currently going through rewrites from writer Scott Silver, and should it need more time, the studio will likely allow it.

Given this similarity to The Killing Joke, one has to wonder just how much they’ll be pulling from the Alan Moore comic. Does this fact get you any more excited for the film? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.