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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