Recently, I wrote about what we knew about the Joker origin movie. If you haven’t read it, here you go.
In it, I mentioned that I am not in favour of this film being made and that I would restrain my rant about it for another time.
So, here it is.
Since writing that article, more information has come out. The most noteworthy piece is about the leading role.
According to several reports, it seems that Wanner Bros has their eye on a certain somebody for the role of the Clown Prince of Crime.
Yeah, you read that right. Leonardo DiCaprio.
I will be totally honest, I don’t know how I feel about this casting choice. I also don’t think that should form an opinion until it is confirmed that he will play the Joker.
Frankly, I don’t really care.
Here is the thing, I love the Joker. He isn’t Batman’s arch villain for nothing after all.
However, I do not want a live action movie about his origin. We already have The Killing Joke, which is one of my favourite comics of all time. It is the perfect version of his origin, in my opinion.
They even tried to bring The Killing Joke to life in an animated movie, look how well that turned out.
Not to mention, one of the best parts of The Killing Joke hints that even the Joker himself doesn’t know his true origin story.
“Sometimes I remember it one way, sometimes another… if I’m going to have a past, I prefer it to be multiple choice!”
The only time we have seen the Joker’s origin in live action, as far as I know, is 1989’s Batman. Even then, it was not the focus of the film. They showed us what we needed to know and the connection between Joker and Batman.
I don’t think you can have a live action movie solely about Joker’s origin. Going back to The Killing Joke, the animated film was one hour and 26 minutes long. Most Hollywood movies are at least two hours. Heck, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was three hours and three minutes long!
I understand that there might be a bit more in this film that just his origin, but to make the focus of a live action film his origin is not a good idea, at least in my opinion.
On top of that, several people on Twitter pointed out that one of the reasons that Joker is so beloved is that we know next to nothing about him.Even in The Killing Joke.
In fact, it is an established trait in many iterations of the character that he lies about his background. Whether to scare people like in The Dark Knight or to gain sympathy from people like Harley.
I’m sure there are several fans out there who are looking forward to this film, I for one am not.
I do have one question for DiCaprio, or whoever they get to play Joker, are you ready to dance with the Devil in the pale moonlight?