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– by Seth McDonald

A new version of one of the best villains of all-time is just around the corner. Soon, sites like LRM will be expressing their views on Todd Phillips Joker film which stars Joaquin Phoenix. I think lots of fans, myself included are confident that Phoenix will, at the very least, give us a Joker to remember, if not totally blow our minds with his performance.

While speaking with Total Film Magazine, Phillips compared his upcoming film to one Batman fans hold in high regard, The Dark Knight, you can check out what he had to say below.

“Is not meant to be political, but it is meant to be provocative. I think there will be some 21-year-olds that go and watch it who just think it’s a version of a Joker story. And that’s fine, too. I don’t want to define it as this message movie, because it’s not. But it definitely is, the same way that The Dark Knight was not a message movie, but it definitely was a post-9/11 terrorist sort of ‘Oh s**t…’ thing.” 

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That’s a pretty big comparison, it’s kind of like saying that your new mobster film is like The Godfather or Goodfellas. Though I take it as a comparison of the lack of a message more so as opposed to the film being that high of quality, but who knows, we’ll have to wait and see.

From the footage that has been shown, the film is shaping up to be a unique take on the character, and after the last version we received of the Clown Prince of Crime, fans will likely welcome Phoenix’s Joker with open arms.

Joker gets the last laugh October 4.

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Source: Total Film Magazine (via CBM)