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Details Are Emerging on Joaquin Phoenix’s ‘Joker’ and Boy Is It Going to Suck

Comic book movies are not hard to make. All you have to do is hire a decent sitcom writer to set the tone, add about 20 minutes of melodrama and get a top-rate fight choreographer. If you’re still unsure, throw in a love interest based on a character who hasn’t actually been a love interest for the main character since the 1970s. There’s a reason Marvel can crank three of these out a year, and it’s because they all basically follow the beat sheet in Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat to the minute.

Despite the relative ease with which a successful superhero movie can be pumped out by almost anyone, Warner Brothers still hasn’t figured out how to do it with their DC properties. Their latest project that’s going to go straight to Mystery Science Theater 3000 is Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker.

We got our first looks at the movie today and oh boy.

I mean, it’s better than having a bunch of tattoos of The Joker from The Killing Joke all over his body, that made no sense. Did the world of Suicide Squad have Batman comics in it?

But come on, that’s not The Joker; that’s the handyman that got kicked in the head by a mule when he was a kid.

And the superhero origin is the most boring part of any superhero story. You now why The Joker gives so many origin stories in The Dark Knight? Because his origin literally doesn’t matter. Would you rather see how The Joker became the The Joker, or do you want to see him kill a bunch of people because he can’t get a patent on fish with his face on them and talk about boners?

Oh, and the name? Arthur Fleck?

It took everyone about 10 seconds to pick up on that one.

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