Anyway, a few days ago a trailer was released for the new Joker movie, which comes out on 4 October. I feel they missed an opportunity for a closer Hallowe'en release, considering the material at hand. Oh well.
So, a lot to cover here. I was hesitant to put this in the DCU category, since this is a stand-alone film. Not just that, it doesn't play like a superhero(villain) movie at all, but a psychological thriller. It feels too grounded to be a comic book movie, and instead has a Scorsese feel. I get the feeling DC might finally have learned their lesson, and are starting to move away from universe-spanning epics, because let's face it, they fucked it up. If they want to compete with Marvel, THIS is how they do it; produce quality, stand-alone films, much like they already have done in the animation department. More than that, it appears that DC is willing to take risks and go in more experimental directions if Joker is anything to go by.
From the looks of the trailer, I'm encouraged. So far they've hit the right notes. I'm seeing a lot of inspiration from The Killing Joke, and that late night show scene looks like they might replicate the infamous massacre the Joker commits in The Dark Knight Returns.
Besides, the Joker has been given an origin story in cinema before. Remember Jack Nicholson?
Yes, that's why I have reservations.snowman1989 wrote:Besides, the Joker has been given an origin story in cinema before. Remember Jack Nicholson?
I do agree with your idea about the whole thing possibly being just another bullshit story he's concocted, but the trailer really doesn't convey that impression...of course, that may not mean anything, so I guess we'll have to wait and see.
It's a truly harrowing exploration of mental illness and insanity. You basically watch someone completely unravel over the course of two hours. It's haunting.
As for whether or not it's intended to be an origin story for THE Joker, that's very debatable. They ultimately set it up so that it could be, or at least for some version of him. Eventually, maybe. But not remotely the character we're familiar with. It's very, very difficult to see Arthur Fleck as really being The Joker. In fact, when the movie tries to tie itself into the Batman mythos toward the end, it almost feels forced.
Still, a damn good movie and one which deserves all of the accolades it's received.
Reason: Added the YouTube video I'd linked to; not sure why I didn't do that, in the first place.