“Joker” Could Be First Of Franchise

Despite being designed as a way to form distance between the usual franchise storytelling of the MCU and DCEU, it already looks as if Warner Bros and director Todd Phillips could be throwing the towel in on those plans altogether.

Todd Phillips’ Joker, set for release in October, was originally billed as a stand-alone DC origin story, but things could already be changing.

The plot follows Arthur Flack, a failed comedian who falls into the unfortunate encounters of violent thugs while strolling the streets of Gotham City, all the time dressed as a clown. Flack begins his slow descent into madness after being discarded by society, which beckons his transformation into criminal mastermind – the Joker.

Despite being designed as a way to form distance between the usual franchise storytelling of the MCU and DCEU, it already looks as if Warner Bros and Phillips could be throwing the towel in on those plans altogether, and we could be seeing more of the Joker in the not-so distant future.

With plans already in place, before the film has even had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, it would seem as if Phillips has every faith that with Joker, he has hit a home run.

When speaking with Total Film, Phillips sounded pretty keen on the idea of Joker 2. That’s massive considering he said that before anyone had had a chance to see the movie. However, early word is that Phillips and co have hit the high notes!

“One thing I will tell you: I would do anything with Joaquin, any day of the week. There’s nobody like him. If he was willing to do it, and if people show up to this movie, and Warner’s came to us and said, ‘You know what? If you guys could think of something…’ Well, I have a feeling that he and I could think of something pretty cool.”

It seems highly unorthodox to be looking so far ahead with no definitive answers on the Joker as a stand-alone film in place yet, especially consider how Joker has been depicted as an anti-comic book movie by more or less everyone involved in its production.

That being said, one must look at how the movie is being projected with box office ratings expected to make $77 million in the opening weekend, despite the film’s R rating.

If reviews follow the commercial suggestions, those figures could become much higher, and it is highly unlikely the film will flop with the brilliant Joaquin Phoenix (Walk the Line) as the lead.

Joker is arguably the most renowned villain in the DC universe, and excitement is already circulating. With the days counting down to its release, it will be interesting to see if the film lives up to its already very high expectations.

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Leah is a former student of film, media and culture studies and English literature at the University of Huddersfield. When not in uni or writing for magazines she is pulling pints in the local pub, drinking an excessive amount of tea or reading up on the latest philosophical theories.

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