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With Todd Phillips Joker film ready to start production on September 10th we know that Joaquin Phoenix will we taking on the title role. Joining him will be Robert De Niro, Frances Conroy, Marc Maron and Zazie Beetz. It is said that this film will portray the Joker with a grittier 80’s sensibility.
Today, although still not confirmed by Warner Bros. Pictures, Deadline is reporting that Alec Baldwin is joining the film in a supporting role as Thomas Wayne, who most of us know as Bruce Wayne’s father. His character was first introduced in Detective Comics #33 November, 1939. He was a respected physician and philanthropist in Gotham City. One night after attending the theater he was shot along with his wife leaving the young Bruce Wayne as the only survivor. This Bruce’s motivation to one day become the vigilante Batman.
It is interesting to note that in many versions of the Wayne murder, the culprit has been the mugger/hitman Joe Chill. But in Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman film starring Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson, a young Jack Napier who one day becomes the Joker, is the culprit. Could they be reviving this version of the story?
For the second consecutive year, Baldwin has been nominated for a 19th Primetime Emmy for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series for his role as Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live. Last year he won the award for that same role, making it a total of three Emmy wins. He has recently starred in Mission Impossible: Fallout and Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman. He will also be in Ed Norton’s period drama Motherless Brooklyn, which will be out next year.
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Joker is scheduled to be released on October 4th, 2019.
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