The scene in Christopher Nolan’s seminal The Dark Knight (2008) where the Joker (Heath Ledger) giggles when Batman (Christian Bale) enquires why he wanted to kill him and says, “I don’t want to kill you! What would I do without you?…
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Go back to ripping off mob dealers? No, no, NO! No. You… you… complete me.” With the announcement of yet another production highlighting the Joker sans the Batman, it now seems like the character has come a long way from feeling complete gratitude to the caped crusader.
The latest to join the Joker bandwagon, Joaquin Phoenix would be directed by Todd Phillips (yes, of The Hangover fame) and as he prepares for the role of Joker, the audiences — perhaps for the first time in mainstream Hollywood — would also be treated or to a battle between him and Jared Leto to see who manages a better on-screen portrayal of the Clown Prince of Crime.
The last time the Joker was depicted on the screen by Jared Leto in Suicide Squad (2016), both fans, as well as the critics, were far from impressed. In fact, some went to the extent of singling out Leto while talking about the disappointment the film turned out to be despite an impressive all-star line-up including Margot Robbie and Will Smith as Harley Quinn and Deadshot respectively.
One of the main reasons for the dim response to Leto’s Joker was pinned on the manner some of his best scenes got left out in the cutting room and as a result, Leto joined the fans in a public outcry against the studio, Warner Bros. The actor also asked for a stand-alone Joker film from the studios to honor the character. While there were murmurs about this film going ahead, the studio also announced the Joaquin Phoenix version with a release date — 4 October 2019