DC Films' Joker movie is in the middle of production, and we may have just gotten context for one of its scenes.
A new article from NY.com goes into the film's shoot in Jersey City, where the film recently shot a sequence in a historic Jersey City courthouse. While those involved with the shoot did not share any information because of their nondisclosure agreements, photos of the scene indicate that it was for a news conference and protest.
Several of the photos, which you can check out in the link above, show various extras in clown face makeup, who are carrying signs that appear to be rallying behind Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix). One sign even takes Thomas Wayne's (Brett Cullen) mayoral campaign poster and gives it some Joker-style graffiti.
Joker is being directed by The Hangover and Due Date's Todd Phillips, with executive producers including Martin Scorcese. In addition to Phoenix, the film will co-star Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, and Marc Maron. Alec Baldwin was initially tapped to be in the film as Thomas Wayne, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts, and has since been replaced with Brett Cullen. The film is expected to be a (hopefully) R-Rated, entirely standalone take on the DC Comics world, which will challenge people's conceptions of a comic book movie.
“I wouldn’t quite classify this as like any genre," Phoenix said in a recent interview. "I wouldn’t say it’s a superhero movie, or a studio movie or a … It feels unique, and I think more then anything, and probably the most important thing, is Todd seems very passionate about it and very giving, and so that’s exciting. I think, underneath the excitement of these films, and the size of them, there are these incredible characters that are dealing with real life struggles. And sometimes that is uncovered and exposed, and sometimes it isn’t, and so I always felt, like, there were characters in comics that were really interesting and deserve the opportunity to be kind of studied. And so I think that’s what Todd sees appealing about this idea."
Even then, it sounds like the veteran actor is a little intimidated by taking on the role -- in a good way.2comments
“I take a lot of time and consideration when making decisions and what I’m gonna work on, always." Phoenix added. "So, in some ways, the process, which is obviously reading a script and meeting a filmmaker and then continuing to have meetings and discussions with Todd [Phillips]. I think he’s very impressive and he seems to have a very interesting understanding of this world and what he’s trying to say. And so there is something very appealing about that and working with him on this particular project. It feels unique, it is its own world in some ways, and maybe, mostly, it scares the f-
Joker is expected to debut in theaters on October 4, 2019. Upcoming DC Extended Universe films include Aquaman on December 21st, Shazam on April 5, 2019, Wonder Woman 1984 on November 1, 2019, and Birds of Prey on February 7, 2020.