Joaquin Pheonix as the Joker is a dream-casting for me. I can’t wait to see what he does with the role. This may be the DC movie that trumps The Dark Knight’s stranglehold on quality in DC live action flicks (WW84 and Aquaman being an exception). Who's to doubt!? Its main influence is Martin Scorsese’s masterpiece, King of Comedy and oh yea, Robert De Niro is in this movie too. ROBERT DE NIRO!
Also, the great usage of color to show commonality between character and surroundings is strikingly aesthetic. The makeup is perfect for the original story arc.
I am stilll not used to the lack of purple, however it's key to know that it appears that Phoenix here, is channeling his inner Cesar Romero reminds me of the good times
If you're not aware, Romero by contrast, took his usual dark gravitas, and utterly flipped it as a matter of gestural performance, whilst maintaining a dangerous psychopathy underneath. (Yea, the mustache was unfortunate, ik). While Ledger found a damaged soulmate in Batman, Romero saw Batman as a tiresome, interfering bore. Not to forget Mark Hamill, who voiced him since the 90s and gave him the greatest laugh ever. EVER! NO COMPARISON.
Many of you may ask, "but why so many leaks?" Hahahahaaha! Talking about "deliberate leaks," have you ever seen a Marvel movie promotion, ever?! Just to clarify, here's what Todd Phillips said, “Here’s the issue. We have paparazzi all over our set, at every turn. And it bums me out that they constantly put out the bad shots. So I figure, may as well put out some good ones.” As an artist, when you think you’ve struck gold, it’s almost impossible to not show people. It’ll eat you.
Look. I will go to my grave loving Heath Ledger. He was off the wall brilliant. But seeing Joaquin Phoenix in the Joker getup legitimately makes me feel uncomfortable, in a good way. Which is proof that whatever they’re doing is definitely working. That’s just my opinion. Respect the past, embrace the future.
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