The Untold Truth Of Joaquin Phoenix's Joker Movie

  • Published: 03 April 2019
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    Between the star-studded cast and a plot that sounds more like a dark character study than your average superhero adventure, director Todd Phillips' take on the iconic villain is one of the more highly anticipated movies of 2019. Here's a look at the untold truth of Joaquin Phoenix's Joker.

    As revealed by cast member Zazie Beetz, the movie was rewritten as it was filmed. During an interview with MTV, Beetz went into detail about the filming process:

    The frequent rewrites and reshoots suggest a much more improvisational approach than most comic book movie directors take, which isn't necessarily a bad thing it implies that the final product will be a more collaborative work incorporating ideas from the cast into the director's vision.

    Although Phillips' approach is unusual, it isn't without precedent. Iron Man, for instance, was also written and further developed as it was filmed. According to Jeff Bridges, who played antagonist Obadiah Stane, the entire project was based around an outline. Bridges and Robert Downey Jr. would improvise their way through scenes under the guidance of director Jon Favreau in their trailers while the crew waited on the set.

    If Iron Man was shot in such a loose manner and still turned out to be the smash hit that launched the MCU, there's definitely hope for Joaquin Phoenix's Joker.

    In a rather unexpected move, Warner Bros. brought on Todd Phillips as director, producer, and co-writer for the film. Although Phillips is a veteran filmmaker, he's best known for raunchy comedies such as the Hangover trilogy, so it will be interesting to see how he fares creating a much darker and more serious film. The studio has promised Phoenix's Joker will be a gritty low-budget character study quite a departure from the light-hearted slapstick comedies he's worked on before.

    The closest that Phillips has come to working on this type of film before was when he wrote, produced, and directed 2016's War Dogs. Although that movie was an action comedy that touched on some darker elements of human nature, it's already clear from the few glimpses we've had of Phoenix as the Joker that this new project is going deeper and darker than any of Phillips' earlier features.

    Joaquin Phoenix was a pretty major casting coup for Joker, but he isn't the only impressive name going before the cameras for the film. An equally unexpected addition: Robert De Niro, who's portraying a talk-show host who plays a role in setting Joker down the path that turns him into the sociopathic clown we all know and love to hate. One of the reasons this role may have appealed to De Niro is because the script is reminiscent of a movie he previously starred in, The King of Comedy.

    In that film, De Niro played a mentally unhinged and wildly unsuccessful comedian who kidnaps a talk show host in order to get his "big break." This sounds eerily similar to the premise of the Joker origin movie, only Phoenix will be playing the deranged aspiring comic and De Niro may be the one getting kidnapped this time. Marc Maron has also joined the cast as a talent agent who presumably works alongside De Niro's character, and Zazie Beetz has also joined the cast as a single mother who catches the Joker's eye. Keep watching the video to see the rest of the untold truth of Joaquin Phoenix's Joker movie!

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    A changing script | 0:17
    A surprising director | 1:21
    Heavy hitters | 2:17
    Paparazzi problems | 3:13
    Which Joker will this be? | 3:56
    A frightened Phoenix | 4:56
    Undefinable | 5:46
    Making it up | 6:52
    Urine big trouble | 7:36
    Not your average superhero movie | 8:23
    Killer inspiration | 9:09
    No laughing matter | 10:21
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Comments • 2 327

  • Looper
    Looper   5 months back

    What did you think of the new Joker trailer?

    • Pavel Lambracht
      Pavel Lambracht  4 days back

      deserves an oscar itself!

    • Ashish Tahiliani
      Ashish Tahiliani  2 weeks back


    • sumin95
      sumin95  2 weeks back

      LOVED it!

    • MrBubba19692
      MrBubba19692  3 weeks back


      ReeEEE! NORMIEGETOUT!!  3 weeks back

      i think this is going to be the biggest actual "ass in the seats" producer of 2019. you can sell millions of tickets online and still have a "successful" flop, but you'll never have a flop that had lower online sales when there are more asses in seats. good movies live for GENERATIONS.

  • ImTheDaveman
    ImTheDaveman  12 hours back

    Just my opinion and others who share my opinion., while Heath Ledger and Joaquin Phoenix's, Jokers are not competing., still.., Ledger set the bar., and I highly doubt said bar will be lowered anytime for many many many years. That said, I am not suggesting Joaquin Phoenix's version of the Joker will be terrible. It could still be quite good and not raise the bar.

    • Angela Brown
      Angela Brown  18 hours back

      plus Joaquin Phoenix made himself super skinny for this role

      • Nathan Hernandez
        Nathan Hernandez  1 days back

        There are three joker's tho so he could be any one

        • Choo Choo MotherTrucker

          I like the style of this movie. It feels like a drama with an independent low budget movie looks. I'm not a superhero movies fan but I did like the dark knight trilogy. I hope this movie turns out well.

          • Benjamin Lopez
            Benjamin Lopez  3 days back

            I'm here in my garage.

            • Jose Villarreal
              Jose Villarreal  6 days back

              I saw the trailer and I think it will be brilliant.

              • Thunder Lips
                Thunder Lips  7 days back

                The screen actors guild lol those idiots need to die

                • ooo ooo
                  ooo ooo  1 weeks back

                  Well... Trailers are here to sell us upcoming films with hype. Not only once did we get hyped to realise that it is not on par with expectations.
                  I guess they did a good job because they are literally the only movie I really want to watch this year.
                  I hope this movie will be up to what we can expect from it but having (too) high expectations is the 1st step toward getting disappointed.
                  Wait and see.

                  • The shady Dude
                    The shady Dude  1 weeks back

                    dc: were not to dark we need to be darker

                    tod phillips : hold my beer

                    • The shady Dude
                      The shady Dude  1 weeks back

                      joaquin phoenix: casted as the joker

                      heath ledger: **first time meme**

                      • aspookyfox
                        aspookyfox  1 weeks back

                        I’m ready to see a swamp thing movie

                        • Al Kindi Abu Yosef
                          Al Kindi Abu Yosef  1 weeks back

                          Mirror mirror where you go, tell me how many lives got to go. 🙃

                          • CIEGE OF THE SIEGE
                            CIEGE OF THE SIEGE  1 weeks back

                            Geez, papparazzis sucks

                            • WolfGoddess
                              WolfGoddess  1 weeks back

                              Phoenix looks like the main actor from " no country for old men" in a few shots.

                              • Keys MateriaL
                                Keys MateriaL  2 weeks back

                                Heath Ledger's Joker will always be the Best.

                                • SCuba Do
                                  SCuba Do  2 weeks back

                                  Jared Leto was an awesome version.

                                  • American horror GOREY
                                    American horror GOREY  2 weeks back

                                    Thank god they arent making a CGI crapfest, we like acting!!

                                    • American horror GOREY
                                      American horror GOREY  2 weeks back

                                      Oscar written all over it

                                      • Jonathan Fernandez
                                        Jonathan Fernandez  2 weeks back

                                        @looper they will be like the old comics where joker is older i think they will turn this into a tv show

                                        • Jaggy's Exotic Pet's
                                          Jaggy's Exotic Pet's  2 weeks back

                                          Dc must go on darker themes for their movies..

                                          • hashbrown 411
                                            hashbrown 411  2 weeks back

                                            Getting taxi driver vibes from this adaptation. Can't wait to see how it turns out!

                                            • Ashish Tahiliani
                                              Ashish Tahiliani  2 weeks back

                                              Joker was hsp (highly sensitive person), that's Y his sufferings amplified

                                              • Geoffrey Menna
                                                Geoffrey Menna  2 weeks back

                                                The DC universe would annihilate Marvel if they went for the realistic theme for all the characters.
                                                DC fails when the characters are too powerful and they have to use alot of cgi.
                                                Superman would be great if he wasn't invincible.

                                                • Sergio Lopez
                                                  Sergio Lopez  2 weeks back

                                                  this is going to be a good movie i can't wait 😊🙂

                                                  • J Wayne
                                                    J Wayne  2 weeks back

                                                    Many great projects, Movies and Stories haves always been a work in progress.

                                                    • James Morris
                                                      James Morris  3 weeks back

                                                      Oscar nod!!!

                                                      • Belinda Nunez
                                                        Belinda Nunez  3 weeks back

                                                        I love every Joker. Leto's Joker makes me feel very young despite him being my age. Every joker is unique in their own way.💋💖

                                                        • LeGrandDuca !
                                                          LeGrandDuca !  3 weeks back

                                                          Clown world ! 🤡🌍

                                                          • S. C. Mack
                                                            S. C. Mack  3 weeks back

                                                            The rewrites are showing in the trailers and I don't mean in a good way.

                                                            • david nichols
                                                              david nichols  3 weeks back

                                                              Why was the original, conniving, opportunistic Joker character transformed into one being hateful and soulless?

                                                              • Helen Tudor-Douglas
                                                                Helen Tudor-Douglas  3 weeks back

                                                                This time, Hollywood is trying Vegan Joker on for size..

                                                                • Byg Syxx
                                                                  Byg Syxx  3 weeks back

                                                                  ...i told several people like about 4 years back that the best and only person that can play The Joker would have to be Jacquin Phoenix simply becauae of his role as Caeser in Gladiator...

                                                                  • Free Bird
                                                                    Free Bird  3 weeks back

                                                                    Interesting video but the score is quiet a brainf*ck*r after 10min straight. Nice job on the other side.

                                                                    • ktehmok
                                                                      ktehmok  3 weeks back


                                                                      • Kevin Wendel
                                                                        Kevin Wendel  3 weeks back

                                                                        Why it was rewritten?

                                                                        • UTube
                                                                          UTube  3 weeks back

                                                                          Yet more Holywood race mixing

                                                                          • Instinctz
                                                                            Instinctz  3 weeks back

                                                                            Where is the second trailer already?

                                                                            • I am Kxd3n
                                                                              I am Kxd3n  3 weeks back

                                                                              Not a fan of his look, but they might have somethin goin

                                                                              • Neil Grace
                                                                                Neil Grace  4 weeks back

                                                                                Goaan Joaquin!!!:-)

                                                                                • Jared Bozarth
                                                                                  Jared Bozarth  4 weeks back


                                                                                  • Billok
                                                                                    Billok  4 weeks back

                                                                                    Still not as good as ledger tho😭

                                                                                    • roy ramos
                                                                                      roy ramos  4 weeks back

                                                                                      It won't be since you already have your mind made up before you actually even watched the movie....

                                                                                  • ronki23
                                                                                    ronki23  4 weeks back

                                                                                    I'm not interested in this. Firstly it's because this Joker keeps getting beaten up by random people and secondly because he's literally a clown. I'm not watching this out of respect for the late Mr. Ledger

                                                                                    • Ryan Murray
                                                                                      Ryan Murray  4 weeks back

                                                                                      Leto sucks.

                                                                                      • Frank Mehrer
                                                                                        Frank Mehrer  1 months back

                                                                                        I hope Joker and The Batman from Matt Reeves are connected and Joaquin Phoneix makes a appearance in one of the movies as a elderly Joker and that way they could do a Arkam asylum film like in the second batman film or Third Batman film,but this is all a huntch,But I think it would be great and the movie wont be a one and done deal if it makes bank and if fans demand him back for more

                                                                                        • PoodleKong1
                                                                                          PoodleKong1  1 months back

                                                                                          You can make a character study with ALL of Batman's villains 😂
                                                                                          I'd love one with Mr. Freeze, Scarecrow, and Penguin. Especially Penguin.

                                                                                          • Night King
                                                                                            Night King  1 months back

                                                                                            Seems like it will be a political commentary with the Joker being a weird mama's boy headcase who uses genuine discourse about wealth distribution as a flat background to go on a crime spree. Could be good since Phoenix is good.

                                                                                            • Devansh Kamdar
                                                                                              Devansh Kamdar  1 months back

                                                                                              3:34 who's that chick?