Being Nervous Playing The Joker?? Joaquin Phoenix Says He Is Not At All

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Let us say this first and foremost: it has not OFFICIALLY been announced that Phoenix will take on the mantle of the Clown Prince of Crime, but Phoenix has said that he is up to the challenge and not afraid to fill the big shoes .

Those shoes of course belong to the late Heath Ledger. His portrayal of the Joker in “The Dark Knight” was so captivating it won him an Oscar for best supporting actor. In a recent interview the actor did not confirm nor deny that he would be part of the Todd Phillips standalone film that is reportedly going to be set in the 90s.

“I don’t know about that movie or character specifically, but I was thinking about it’s interesting with comics there’s different writers and artists that come on. It’s different than this character from literature being uniquely that. There are different interpretations. It’s so interesting; I was just thinking about it today, it seems so unique in some ways to comic books. I think there’s probably room for that. Maybe it’s like doing a play, like you always hear about people doing something, ‘You should have seen this actor in this performance,’ but then other actors do it and it’s a different kind of film. I think that genre, comic books, kind of lends itself to having different people play the same character and interpret it in a different way. It’s kind of built into the source material in some ways. I think it’s cool when people do that.”

Phoenix could definitely pull off the role but there has been much hesitation as to who should be under the makeup after the less than well received criticism of Academy Award winner, Jared Leto from the Suicide Squad film. He may definitely have an easier  chance if you will, with this project said to be closely following the source material.

What do you all think? Do you want to see Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker in a Joker origin film or do you even want an origin film at all? Let us know below.

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The Trusty Sidekick – Episode 77

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Coming to you on the Laugh Factory podcast network, this week’s episode, with comics Jay Washington and Bobby Hill, is on fire with the latest info on Marvel and DC, including Wonder Woman, Shazam, Joker, Flashpoint, Booster Gold, Infinity War, Silver Surfer, Captain Marvel, Spider Man, and Silver & Black, plus recaps on Legends Of Tomorrow, Flash, Black Lightning, Arrow, Gotham, and Agents Of Shield.

Find it at http://traffic.libsyn.com/trustysidekick/TSEp77Final.mp3, via your favorite podcast app, or listen to any of our episodes on the podcast tab here. Please rate and review us! Also, get your free month of Stitcher Premium by going to http://stitcher.com/premium and using the promo code: TRUSTY. Check out Marvel’s new Wolverine podcast – out now!

The Trusty Sidekick – Episode 76

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Your resident super villain, Jay Washington, is back from life-threatening throat surgery, and reunited with fellow stand-up comic, Bobby Hill to deliver the full rundown on everything happening in the live-action worlds for Marvel and DC, on the Laugh Factory Podcast Network! This week, we cover Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther, Ant Man & The Wasp, Captain Marvel, Black Widow, Deadpool 2, X-Force, Kitty Pryde, New Mutants, X-Men: The Dark Phoenix, Silver Surfer, Doctor Doom, Gambit, Venom, Jessica Jones, Punisher, Agents Of Shield, Cloak & Dagger, Legion, The Gifted, Shazam, Batgirl, Wonder Woman 2, the solo Joker film, Flashpoint, Lobo, Metropolis, Gotham, Titans, Supergirl, Flash, Legends Of Tomorrow, and Arrow!

Find it at http://traffic.libsyn.com/trustysidekick/TSEP76Final.mp3, via your favorite podcast app, or listen to any of our episodes on the podcast tab here. Please rate and review us!

The Trusty Sidekick – Episode 68

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It’s another wild episode as comedians Jay Washington and Bobby Hill cover all the latest news and reviews of all the live-action coming out of the Marvel and DC universes, on the Laugh Factory Podcast Network!

This week we cover: Punisher, Daredevil, The Defenders, Avengers, New Mutants, Inhumans, Agents Of Shield, Captain Marvel, Runaways, Power Pack, Stan Lee, Justice League, Flashpoint, Wonder Woman 2, Man Of Steel 2, Nightwing, Shazam, Young Joker, Arrow, Supergirl, Legends Of Tomorrow, Flash, and Titans

You can find it at http://directory.libsyn.com/episode/index/id/5770847, subscribe via your favorite podcast app, or listen to any of our episodes on the “podcast” tab on this site. Please rate and review us!

Suicide Squad 2 Finds It’s Writer/Director!

After a search that even included the “kind of” controversial Mel Gibson, the sequel to the *ahem* Academy Award winning, Suicide Squad has found it’s writer and likely director. Variety reports that Gavin O’Connor has been tabbed to helm the film.

Originally expected to begin sooner, shooting should begin in the second half of 2018, thanks to a very busy Will Smith, who has both Aladdin and Gemini to film, before he can climb back into his role as Deadshot, one of the only bright spots from the original.

If you are unfamiliar with O’Connor, you may recognize his work as the director of the very good Ben Affleck vehicle, The Accountant, the sequel to which, O’Connor will direct before he lenses the second Squad movie. Will his getting the job entice Affleck, whom he obviously seemed to work well with, to make another appearance against the team of bad guys drawn together to fight a bigger evil? We’ll have to discuss that on the next podcast!

-Bobby

A live-action, Joker origin story by Martin Scorcese. This. Is. Real.

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Filed away under “Dreams I Didn’t Even Know I Wanted To Come True,” comes this amazing gem from the DC Extended Universe today. Not only are they going to do a hard-boiled Joker origin story. Not only are Todd Phillips of Hangover fame and Scott Silver of 8 Mile going to write the film. Not only is Phillips going to direct it, but he and none other than Martin Scorcese are going to produce it.

If you asked us to pick a team to tell the story of how Batman’s greatest enemy came to be, while we may not have jumped on Phillips and Silver, they are strong choices. We would’ve definitely suggested Scorcese pretty quickly, but that was pure big-dreaming. Not any more. The movie will not be using Leto’s Joker and will likely be a classic, ’80’s era Scorcese-styled crime film

Deadline reports that Warner Bros. is doing this through spinning off a new, as yet unnamed, umbrella from under which this film will come from. We would assume this is the same umbrella that will likely give us Justice League Dark and some of the other alternate/off-the-main DC universe ideas that Warner Bros. has in store. No release date or timetable of any sort has been given, although it was reported that Phillips is already working on a script. We look forward to see what comes of this.

The Trusty Sidekick – Episode 52

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There’s a lot of great news popping up all over the Marvel and DC live action universes. Stand-up comics, Jay Washington and Bobby Hill will keep you laughing as they get you up to speed on every rumor and spoiler, on the Laugh Factory Podcast Network! This week for Marvel, we give you the studio synopsis for Thor, discuss whether James McAvoy is joining New Mutants, laud praise on Deadpool’s award nominations, and get you some insight on Spiderman’s suit. From DC, we have more detail on Powerless, dive deep on what’s coming for The Flash, as well as it’s fellow renewed CW shows (Arrow, Supergirl and Legends Of Tomorrow,) highlight the return of Constantine and finish it up with some news on Gotham!

You can download it directly at http://traffic.libsyn.com/trustysidekick/TSEp52Final.mp3, listen to any of our episodes on our podcast tab or subscribe via your favorite podcast app.