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The Joker has been one of Batman’s most recognized supervillains, appearing for the first time on the actual debut issue of the comic book ‘Batman’. While lacking any superhuman abilities, Arthur Fleck is a criminal mastermind with a sadistic sense of humor who dresses up as a joker and uses his expertise to try and kill his adversaries.

Joaquin Phoenix is the seventh actor to portray the Joker in a film, after Jared Leto’s and Heath Ledger’s modern interpretations of the character. For the role, Phoenix lost a noticeable amount of weight in preparation, and based his laughs on videos he studied of people suffering from “pathological laughter”.

The film is an exploration of Fleck’s disregard by society, as an impoverished stand-up comedian who seeks revenge on his detractors. It is directed by Todd Phillips (from The Hangover and Borat fame) and its script was inspired in Martin Scorsese’s films Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and The King of Comedy.

Joker will first be screened at the Venice Film Festival on August 31, 2019, and also be shown at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2019. After that, the film is scheduled to be released in the US on October 9, 2019.

A budget of $55 million is what was used for production, and experts are expecting ‘Joker’ to gross $60-90 million during its opening weekend in the US and Canada. If the film performs well, Phillips would be interested in producing a sequel.

The waiting game begins to see if Todd Phillips–directed, Joaquin Phoenix–starring Joker film will be monumentally awesome of not, but one thing’s for sure: it will be an interesting flick to catch at the theater. Whatever doesn’t kill you…

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Black Panther is the first Marvel film to be nominated for Best Film category, and also the first superhero film ever to be taken into consideration for the big award of the night. As a category of films generally filled with blockbusters and huge revenues (but usually not doing so good at the Oscars), this has caught the attention of the media and fans around the globe.

 

How Many Nominations has Marvel Received Before?

The Marvel Universe never won a single Oscar until Sunday! With a total of 17 nominations (7 of which are from Black Panther). Actually, the Marvel Studios films had only been nominated for the Best Visual Effects category before, since their 2008 debut “Iron Man”.

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Black Panther had 7 nominations at the 91st Academy Awards to be presented on February 24th at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles and won for  Best Original Song, Best Costume Design and Best Sound Editing

The film also won its share of accolades, notably with two recent wins at the 61st Grammy Awards. Kendrick Lamar won Best Rap Performance award with the theme song “King’s Dead”, and Ludwig Göransson won Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media award.

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Black Panther is a film that put black women and men as the main characters of the story for the first time in their catalog of films. Set in a society of advanced intelligence and a prosperous way of life, it tells the story of T’Challa, taking his place as heir to the throne of Wakanda. For some viewers and critics, this is also a celebration of black culture and, more than a movie, it has been considered a phenomenon.