Actor Alec Baldwin has been cast in the upcoming Joaquin Phoenix Joker movie. The Todd Phillips directed film will be a standalone film set outside the regular DC Films continuity of films.
While Warner Bros has not confirmed what role, buzz is that Baldwin is poised play the role of Thomas Wayne, who in DC canon is Bruce Wayne/Batman’s father. Thomas Wayne was first introduced in Detective Comics #33 (Nov. 1939) and he is respected physician and philanthropist in Gotham City. Wayne and his wife are murdered exiting the theater, an incident which young Bruce witnesses. That becomes his m.o. for ultimately becoming a vigilante. In the early comics, Wayne’s murderer is mugger/hitman Joe Chill, but starting with the first Tim Burton 1989 Batman movie, it’s the Joker who is the culprit.
Baldwin joins an impressive cast that includes Robert De Niro, Frances Conroy, Marc Maron, and Zazie Beetz as Sophie Dumond. The film will be a gritty 80’s period piece that is expected to be a hard R.
What do you think? Are you excited for a Joker film?