Many have questioned, opposed, or praised the new announcement that Joaquin Phoenix has been casted as the next Joker in the new untitled Joker origin installment. The first picture of Phoenix as the character of Arthur Fleck surfaced onto the internet via director Todd Phillips’ instagram on Sunday morning.
This comes after the unpopular role of Jared Leto’s Joker hit theaters in, Suicide Squad (2016). Many thought the performance wasn’t done properly and that Leto didn’t understand how the role of the Joker was supposed to be played. A good review of Leto’s performance can be found here.
It brings to question the mass of remakes, reboots, and series happening in film. It seems as if we can’t go one week without seeing a trailer for a new remake. Where has originality gone? Many have claimed originality is dead and I have to agree with them. Yes, there have been great original movies that have come out in the recent years, some examples being, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Moonlight, Get Out, and Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri. However, compared with remakes, it seems original screenplays have been thrown out the window. This will be the first Joker origin movie, but it’s also playing into the clump of superhero movies that have been reigning the box office for years. Where does originality and the norm combine? This could be a prime example. With the success of the Batman franchise over the past five decades, many fans of the superhero will more than likely flock to theaters to watch this (me included). While at the same time, they’re getting a new look into the hero’s most famed villain. A new background into the origin of the Joker. This could be a chance to combine the two and spark the originality that Hollywood has been drained from for years. Will it work? We’ll have to wait until it comes out next year to see if Phoenix’s portrayal is one to be matched with Ledger’s, or one to flush down the toilet with Leto’s.