Brian Tyree Henry (‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’, ‘Hotel Artemis’) stars in the DC origin story of ‘Joker’ and while he didn’t open up about his role in the film, he did talk about the Clown Prince of Crime. As DC and Warner Bros. have yet to even release an official synopsis for the film, any new details are welcome! Also, the few comments we do get appear to confirm the rumors which we’ve heard about how Joaquin Phoenix‘s take on the character goes from someone normal that ends up being pushed too far from his humanity.
According to Henry:
“I think it’s going to be very different because it really goes into just the origin story. 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. But, at the end of the day, I think it’s all about how he was made that way, how he didn’t start being that kind of person.”
One of the best parts about the Clown Prince of Crime is that his history has been a mystery. Every time it gets a little more fleshed out, it seems to take away from the character. While the trailer for this movie looks fantastic, my only concern is that it will hurt one of the best aspects of Batman’s most famous villain.
Are you looking forward to DC’s release of ‘Joker’? Do you feel that they should just keep working on establishing a cinematic universe, or are these one-offs and non-connected movies going to be a hit with audiences? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
“Put on a happy face” as ‘Joker’ will be laughing his way into your local theater on October 4th, 2019!