The Todd Phillips-directed feature “Joker,” starring Joaquin Phoenix as the titular villain from the Batman DC Comics, wrapped production in December following a fairly smooth three-month shoot.
The story centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is said to be an original, standalone story not seen before on the big screen along with being both a gritty character study and a broader cautionary tale.
In this take, Phoenix plays Arthur Fleck – a man disregarded by society. Zazie Beetz, Robert De Niro, Bill Camp, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Douglas Hodge, Marc Maron, Josh Pais and Shea Whigham co-star.
Maron, who is reportedly playing the manager of Robert De Niro’s shock jock character and this week, described to The NME what it was like filming some of his scenes – especially at the film’s end:
“I think it’s a very interesting approach to this world. I’ve been somewhat judgmental when it comes to comic book movies and I’ve got a little pushback in the press for being a hypocrite. Whatever I think, if you get a call and someone says, ‘Hey do you wanna do a scene with Robert De Niro and Joaquin Phoenix?’ your principals fall to the wayside.
If it’s relative to what I think of Marvel movies then it’s like, ‘Yeah, of course I’m gonna do that’. Oddly, it’s not that kind of movie. The approach that Todd Phillips has taken is more of an origin story and a character study of a mentally ill person that becomes The Joker. It’s more of an intimate and gritty movie with a very specific scope. It’s going to be really interesting to see how it comes out.”
Warner Bros. Pictures will release the film in cinemas on October 4th.