The upcoming “Joker” film seems to be eschewing all the usual superhero tropes in favor of a psychological study of what makes an ordinary man turn into a villain – as seen in the trailer which debuted earlier this year to a rapturous response.
While the jury is still out on whether filmmaker Todd Phillips can deliver the goods, so much about the rest of the film seems to be a winner – including some of the supporting cast like “Widows” and “If Beale Street Could Talk” star Brian Tyree Henry.
Henry has a role in the film as what looks to be an orderly at Arkham Asylum, and recently spoke with The Observer as to what makes it such a special project, especially in relation to other comic book films:
“Villains are never born that way, they’re made. There’s something that happens in their lives that they give up their faith in humanity; they see the flaws of humanity and mankind and feel like they must correct it. And what happens with ‘Joker’ is you start to see how he really was a happy person. He really was trying to find this…hope in humanity until it broke him down and he just had to give up and reshape it. Also, there’s going to be a connection [made] about a boy and his mother. That is another thing that you’re going to see – that he was capable of love at some point.”
As previously indicated, the project is essentially a complete standalone – even more so than “Logan” – and so won’t tie into any other DC Comics films as far as has been ascertained. “Joker” arrives in cinemas on October 4th.