Joker

Joker
  • 2019
  • US
  • 2h 2min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Todd Phillips
  • Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Zazie Beetz, Robert De Niro
  • UK release: 4 October 2019

Arthur Fleck (Phoenix) is an unsuccessful clown who wants to be a comedian, but he gradually turns to evil. This dizzying origin story about Batman’s nemesis is like an ode to 1970s New York City; Phoenix is astonishing and Phillips’s grave vision never swerves. Unmissable.

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Joaquin Phoenix hints at Joker sequel

4 Nov 2019

Film gossip

Joaquin Phoenix has teased the possibility of a 'Joker' sequel. The 'Gladiator' star admitted that he had discussed potential sequels with director Todd Phillips before 'Joker' had even been released. Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, Joaquin…

Todd Phillips didn't think like a 'psychiatrist' whilst directing Joker

13 Oct 2019

Film gossip

Todd Phillips was determined not to think like a "psychiatrist" whilst directing 'Joker'. The 48-year-old filmmaker has opened up on one particular scene in his much-discussed new movie, in which the titular character kills talk-show host Murray…

Jared Leto 'upset' by new 'Joker'

10 Oct 2019

Film gossip

Jared Leto was "upset" about by the new 'Joker' film. The '30 Seconds to Mars' frontman portrayed the iconic villain in 2016's 'Suicide Squad', but was reportedly left feeling "alienated and upset" when he learnt that he wouldn't be involved in the…

Joaquin Phoenix can't imagine not acting

6 Oct 2019

Film gossip

Joaquin Phoenix "can't imagine" a life without acting. The 'Joker' star admits he isn't sure what he would be doing if he hadn't made it as an actor and feels "super lucky" that it's his job. He said: "It's hard for me not to get sentimental about…

Mark Hamill heaps praise on Joaquin Phoenix's Joker performance

6 Oct 2019

Film gossip

Mark Hamill has hailed Joaquin Phoenix's "brilliant" depiction of the Joker. The 68-year-old actor began voicing the iconic character in 'Batman: The Animated Series' in 1992, and has heaped praise on Joaquin's performance in the Todd…

Todd Phillips surprised by criticism of violence in Joker

3 Oct 2019

Film gossip

Todd Phillips has been surprised by the criticism of 'Joker' because when making the film he believed that his depiction of the "real-world implications" of violence were a needed departure from the glorification of it in other action movies. The…

Joaquin Phoenix actually wanted to gain weight for Joker role

24 Sep 2019

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Joaquin Phoenix wanted to gain weight for 'Joker'. The 44-year-old actor ended up losing 52lbs to play the title role in the Clown Prince of Crime's highly anticipated standalone blockbuster, but he admitted initially he hoped to get overweight for…

Joaquin Phoenix ponders his Joker meeting Batman

23 Sep 2019

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Joaquin Phoenix thinks his Joker "would feel a surge of excitement" meeting Batman for the first time. The 44-year-old actor takes on the title role of the Crown Prince of Crime in Todd Phillips' comic book thriller 'Joker', and he admitted he hadn't…

Joaquin Phoenix's 'horrible' Joker diet

21 Sep 2019

Film gossip

Joaquin Phoenix lived on "lettuce, asparagus and apples" to slim down for 'Joker'. The Oscar-winning actor previously revealed he'd lost over 50lbs for his lead role in the movie and has admitted he undertook a "horrible diet" involving just one very…

Joaquin Phoenix 'terrified' about Joker role

12 Sep 2019

Film gossip

Joaquin Phoenix says playing The Joker is "terrifying". The 44-year-old actor admitted he had no real preconceptions going into the title role in Todd Phillips' upcoming DC Comics blockbuster tackling the origin of Batman's greatest villain, and the…

Todd Phillips begged Joaquin Phoenix to take Joker role

11 Sep 2019

Film gossip

Todd Phillips was "basically begging" Joaquin Phoenix to star in 'Joker'. The blockbuster director has admitted it was a challenge to convince the 44-year-old actor to take on the role of the iconic Batman villain in the upcoming movie. Speaking…

Todd Phillips rules out Joker and Batman film with Phoenix and Pattinson

10 Sep 2019

Film gossip

Todd Phillips has ruled out a movie starring Joaquin Phoenix's Joker and Robert Pattinson's Batman. The pair take on the roles of the super-villain and Caped Crusader in 'Joker' and 'The Batman' respectively, but the helmer of the former film gave a…

Joaquin Phoenix wanted 'unidentifiable' Joker

2 Sep 2019

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Joaquin Phoenix wanted to make sure his version of the Joker "wasn't identifiable". The 44-year-old actor is taking on the iconic role as Batman's most famous foe in the upcoming DC Comics origins story simply titled 'Joker', and has said after being…

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Venice 2019: Joaquin Phoenix inhabits the titular supervillain in Todd Phillips' daring and unmissable origin tale

Last time out, the Joker was a joke. Jared Leto's green-haired ghoul in Suicide Squad was the epitome of a cartoonish villain. But Todd Phillips' Joker, a dizzying origin story about Batman's nemesis, is the perfect antidote. Unveiled at this year's…

Joaquin Phoenix went 'mad' with Joker preparation

1 Sep 2019

Film gossip

Joaquin Phoenix "started to go mad" while preparing for his lead role in 'Joker'. The 44-year-old actor shed 52lbs to portray Batman's most famous foe in the upcoming DC Comics origins story and admitted his rapid weightloss helped him get into…

Joaquin Phoenix was hesitant about starring as Joker

22 Aug 2019

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Joaquin Phoenix was hesitant about taking on the role of Joker. The 44-year-old actor plays the mentally ill stand-up comedian in the upcoming origin 'Joker' film and he has admitted, in hindsight, he was probably filled with a "motivating fear" to…

Todd Phillips says there's Joker sequel potential

21 Aug 2019

Film gossip

Todd Phillips thinks there's potential for a 'Joker' sequel. The psychological thriller isn't set for release until later this year, but the 48-year-old director is convinced there could be a follow-up if Joaquin Phoenix – who plays the mentally ill…

Joaquin Phoenix thinks 'people will be mad' with Joker movie

27 Jul 2019

Film gossip

Joaquin Phoenix thinks "people are gonna be mad" that 'Joker' doesn't "follow anything" from the original comic books. The 44-year-old actor fears that the upcoming movie based on the origin of the DC Comics villain may not live up to fans…

Robert De Niro 'really loved' The Joker script

10 Jul 2019

Film gossip

Robert De Niro "really loved" 'The Joker' script. The Hollywood veteran plays talk show host Murray Franklin in the upcoming movie based on the DC Comics villain (Joaquin Phoenix) – which doubles up as an origin movie – and director Todd Phillips has…

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