Warning: mild SPOILERS for Joker are ahead!
The latest DC Comics cinematic adaptation, Joker, is in theaters now, and as was made clear when the first trailer, this is not your average comic book movie. Rather than stick closely to the source material, the Joaquin Phoenix-led and Todd Phillips-directed take on the Clown Prince of Crime’s origin story feels very differently from what’s been shown before, but that doesn’t mean this take wasn’t altered from how it was originally conceived.
In fact, Joaquin Phoenix revealed during his recent visit to the ReelBlend podcast that weeks into principal photography, noting how he was happy that Warner Bros allowed them enough freedom to apply changes to Joker even as the cameras were rolling. The actor said:
Joaquin Phoenix explained how he and the Joker team started doing down a ‘particular road’ with approaching the character based around a reference the actor found showing a kind undergoing psychiatric evaluation. Phoenix found this behavior “particular,” but still applicable.
But that was just the start of changing Joker, as Joaquin Phoenix then spoke about how later on during filming, after he finally got to play Arthur Fleck fully Jokerized, he became dissatisfied with the transition of how Arthur becomes the colorful criminal. In Phoenix’s words:
Joaquin Phoenix added that while this was a “really crazy time,” he was ultimately grateful that he and the cast and crew shot Joker when they did because because exploring one side of the character allowed him to see “this other side.” Overall, the actor saw it as a “wild process” that he’s never experienced before, but ultimately things worked out for the best.
Joker made $13.3 million in preview screenings last night, overthrowing Venom to become the #1 opening night in October. Critically speaking, while the Rotten Tomatoes audience score is higher than the critics score, overall Joker has been met with positive reception, though the controversy and debate around it won’t die down anytime soon.
Whether you’ve already seen Joker or plan to over the weekend, be sure to check out CinemaBlend’s review of the movie, and you can also read our thoughts about the intense ending. Don’t forget to keep track of the rest of this year’s movies with our 2019 release schedule, or get a head start on next year with the 2020 release schedule.
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