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The Joker Origin Movie: Kevin Smith Defends Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix’s DC Comics Standalone Project

KEVIN SMITH has come out in defence of Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix’s upcoming DC Comics project, the standalone Joker origin movie.

Everybody’s favourite geek, Kevin Smith, has made his feelings about the upcoming Joker origin movie very clear: he likes the idea.

When it was announced that Todd Phillips, the man behind The Hangover trilogy, would be directing a standalone Joker origin movie which will be produced by Martin Scorsese, people were naturally a little bit bemused.

Things got even more complicated we learnt that this film wouldn’t be part of the current DC cinematic universe (or DCEU, or DCFU… whatever they’re calling it these days).

Kevin Smith has revealed his true thoughts about the Joker origin movie

Kevin Smith has revealed his true thoughts about the Joker origin movie

Jared Leto had already been cast as the Joker in Suicide Squad, yet it was revealed that he wouldn’t be playing the Joker in Phillips’ film.

This means that we’re going to get two actors playing the same role simultaneously, which is pretty confusing.

Leto didn’t seem too happy with this news, but we’ve since learnt that DC and Warner Bros. have also greenlit another Joker spinoff film, but with Leto in the lead.

Joaquin Phoenix has since been confirmed as the man who’ll bring the Joker to life in Phillips’ film.

It’s understandable if you’re sitting there scratching your head trying to understand what on earth is going on, and many DC Comics and DCEU fans have been finding it a bit tricky to grasp the situation.

Jared Leto as The Joker in Suicide Squad

Jared Leto as The Joker in Suicide Squad

However, Kevin Smith has come out in defence of Phillips and Scorsese’s Joker film.

“Think about it, there was a time in our lives where there were no Joker films, and no prospect of a Joker film. I’ll take ‘em,” he said on the Hollywood Babble-On podcast.

“Here’s the thing, at the end of the day, I’ll see a trailer — I know me,” he continued.

“Even if the trailer is terrible, even if the trailer is a minute of footage of them killing my mother in front of me, I’m sure I’ll be like, ‘Well, I’ll give it a shot when it comes out.’

“I know I’m gonna fuckin’ watch this movie,” he finished.

Joker films seem to be a bit like buses. You’re waiting for one for what seems like ages, and then two come along at once.

However, it will make for fascinating times ahead, and may even pave the way for DC to kickstart a new cinematic universe based on their ‘Elseworlds’ comics which tell stories of their most famous characters in alternate universes and timelines outside the DC Universe canon.

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