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Everything We Know About All 3 JOKER Movies

Everything We Know About All 3 JOKER Movies

UPDATE 9/21/18:

We recently had our very first look at  Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker, although it was without make-up.  Now WB and Joker director Todd Phillips have revealed our first official look at how Phoenix will look in a make-up test for the film. And it this is the final look, or anything close to it, it’s far more like a traditional clown than we’ve ever seen before for the character.

In the comics and in almost every other media, the Joker never has a red nose for example, or dabs of paint around his eyes. This is far more of an Emmett Kelly classic clown look. But who knows? Maybe the more traditional Joker look comes later on in the film.

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Dating back to Batman #1 in 1940, The Joker has become one of the most popular characters in all of pop culture. He’s so popular in fact, that Warner Bros and DC Entertainment have not one, not two, but THREE different movies featuring the homicidal Clown Prince of Crime in various stages of development. One of these is going before the cameras very soon, and already has a release date of fall, 2019. But what about the others? Here’s everything we know so far about the three different Joker-centric films that are coming our way in the next few years.

What’s the First Joker Movie?

All we know about the film rumored to be simply titled Joker is that is not connected to the DCEU, and is actually a standalone film. In short, this version of the Clown Prince of Crime won’t be the same Joker that Jared Leto has played in Suicide Squad and may play again in the other two movies that are in the pipeline. This is similar to how DC Comics produces “Elseworlds” stories around its characters that are set outside of the main continuity, and sometimes take place in different time periods.

Who Is Starring in It and Who Is Directing It?

It was announced in July of 2018 that Joaquin Phoenix would play the park of the Joker, and that the movie will be directed by The Hangover director Todd Phillips. the movie will also star Robert De Niro, podcast host Marc Maron, Deadpool 2 and Atlanta star Zazie Beetz. And although Alec Baldwin was cast in the role of Thomas Wayne for one hot second, we already have his replacement: According to Comic Book, actor Brett Cullen has been cast as Thomas Wayne in the film. The former Lost actor has been in a Batman movie before; he played a congressman in The Dark Knight Rises.

What Is It About?

We know the movie will be a gritty crime thriller and psychological drama set in the 1980s, and it is rumored to be something of a loose adaptation of the classic ’80s graphic novel The Killing Joke. That comic told the story of how a down-on-his-luck comedian wound up losing his mind and becoming a psychotic killer once getting involved with, and getting betrayed by, a group of gangsters. Phillips confirms the character’s pre-Joker name in this film is now Arthur, a departure from the previously used “Jack” from the ’89 Batman film and Batman: The Animated Series. 

Will Batman Show Up?

Unless this movie deviates super, super far from established Batman lore, (and it may) the fact that there will be a living Thomas Wayne in it means Bruce Wayne will be just a kid at the time, so don’t expect Batman to show up in a very large role, if at all. But who knows! Maybe there will be some kind of cameo appearance in some form or another. It really is tough to have the Joker without Batman.

What’s the Second Joker Movie?

The second Joker movie would presumably star Jared Leto, once again reprising his Suicide Squad role. This would be a “love story” between the Leto’s Joker and Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn character. Even though Suicide Squad shows flashbacks to how they met, this film would presumably delve more into their sick and toxic relationship. And for anyone who says the Joker/Harley relationship is not pretty sick and abusive, we have a stack of comics and several old episodes of Batman: The Animated Series to show you.

Who Is Starring in It and Who Is Directing It?

Aside from Leto as the Joker and Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, there have been no other casting announcement for this movie. If it enters production, it will be after the next Harley Quinn movie Birds of Prey, which is scheduled to start shooting in 2019. The rumored directors for this project are Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, who wrote and directed the 2011 romantic comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love (which could almost be the subtitle of a Joker/Harley movie).

What Is It About?

The only thing we know about this movie is that it’s a story of the Joker/Harley relationship, and it is said to be like Bonnie and Clyde or Natural Born Killers. According to the original report by THR, the film is described as “an insane and twisted love story. When Harry Met Sally on benzedrine.”

Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment have been pushing the idea that Harley Quinn is a reformed criminal and even a superhero now, so maybe having a movie that involves her either killing innocent people, or being complicit when her puddin’ does, might not be the best way to make that case. Perhaps a Joker Vs. Harley-type movie would be the more prudent move here.

Will Batman Show Up?

It’s very up in the air if Ben Affleck will ever put on the Batman suit again, but it seems it would be hard to make a DCEU movie starring Harley and Mister J without having at least a cameo appearance by the Bat. But who would play the everyone’s favorite vigilante is remains a mystery.

What’s the THIRD Joker Movie??

That would be Suicide Squad 2, which which would presumably feature the return of the original cast, including Jared Leto as the Joker, and Margot Robbie as Harley.

Who Is Starring in It and Who Is Directing It?

If this one comes to pass, expect all of the original cast to return, as they are contracted for several movies in this series. It was announced in September of 2017 that Gavin O’Connor of The Accountant would direct the sequel.

What Is It About?

It is rumored that this time, Joker would be the main villain of the film, and Harley and her new friends would have to team up to take down her murderous ex-boyfriend. The Joker was originally meant to be the main antagonist in the first Suicide Squad movie, but the decision was ultimately made to change it.

Will Batman Show Up?

Again, it is a DCEU film, so his chances of appearing in a movie about Joker and Harley are at least 50/50.

What do you want to see in these three different incarnations of the Joker on film? Be sure to let us know down below in the comments.

Images: Warner Bros / DC Comics / Annapurna Films

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