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Alec Baldwin Took a Role in Joaquin Phoenix’s ‘Joker’ Movie for About 5 Minutes Before Backing Out

Just about three days ago, Deadline, Variety and The Hollywood Reporter all published stories saying that Alec Baldwin was signed on to play Thomas Wayne, Batman’s father, in the upcoming Joker film starring Joaquin Phoenix, and The Hollywood Reporter reported the character would be “a cheesy and tanned businessman who is more in the mold of a 1980s Donald Trump.” You guys realize we’re supposed to like Thomas Wayne, right? It’s actually very important to the story that he not be a dickhead you’re happy to see get gunned down in Murder Alley. Also, who takes his wife and kid for a late-night stroll down a street that is literally named Murder Alley? That isn’t just a nickname, they had street signs printed that said ‘Murder Alley’ and Thomas Wayne was like “hey, let’s cut down here, it’ll save us some time.” Maybe he is a Donald Trump-like dipshit after all.

Yesterday, not even 48 hours later, Alec Baldwin took to Twitter to tell us that no, this was not a thing that was going to happen.

Let me state, for the record, that I have NOT been hired to play a role in Todd Phillips’ JOKER as some Donald Trump manque.
That is not happening.
Not.
Happening.

Well, he’s pretty clear here, so I don’t know what happened. It’s pretty weird for all three of the trades to report something like this without some sort of confirmation, official or unoffical.

Look, I don’t want to be mister doom and gloom and I want the DC movies to succeed, but the DC movies are not going to succeed. Marvel built their brand by making good, fun movies that have gotten progressively worse and more homogeneous once they found a formula that worked to separate audiences from as much of their money as possible. DC’s approach is just to throw terrible movies with big-name characters and actors in them and hope some of them stick. You can’t just randomly throw a bunch of c-list characters into films that are wildly divergent from their source material until after you have a few hits under your belt and you’ve made a promise that everything will tie together. That’s how movies are made nowadays.

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