The other Joker spin-off movie will be about criminal couples counseling 

We’re coming around on Todd Phillips’ Joker movie, which will star Joaquin Phoenix as a refreshingly straightforward version of the Clown Prince Of Crime in a lower-budget superhero drama that just happens to be about a guy in funny makeup, but let’s not forget that Warner Bros. has some other Joker-centric spin-offs…

Forget Alec Baldwin, Bruce Wayne already has a new dad in Todd Phillips' Joker

Late last month, Alec Baldwin wasted everybody’s time by signing on to Todd Phillips’ Joker as a supposedly Trump-esque take on Thomas Wayne (the father of billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne), and then dropping out a day or so later with a dismissive comment about how any actor could play the role. Now, Warner Bros. and…

Alec Baldwin has already killed Joker's Thomas Wayne

Just two days after we reported that Alec Baldwin had joined Todd Phillips’ Batman spin-off Joker as a Donald Trump-inspired version of Batman’s dad Thomas Wayne, Baldwin has abruptly—and somewhat rudely—dropped out of the project. Speaking with USA Today, Baldwin simply said, “I’m no longer doing that movie,” as if…

Alec Baldwin joins Joker, possibly as a Donald Trump-inspired version of Thomas Wayne  

Over the years and across the vast multiverse of Batman stories, Bruce Wayne’s father Thomas Wayne has been a wealthy businessman, a conflicted doctor working for the mob, and a murderous bat-themed vigilante avenging the death of his son (that was a weird one). However, Todd Phillips’ Joker movie may have found a…

Zazie Beetz in talks to have something terrible happen to her in the Joker reboot

D.C. and Warner Bros. have made it clear that they’re not fucking around with this Joaquin Phoenix Joker movie anymore; the studio recently confirmed that the film was officially in the works, setting a release date of October 4, 2019 for it. Although it’s not clear how it’ll fit into the wider D.C. film universe, the…

Baby welcomed to the world by Heath Ledger's Joker, which seems about right, really

In what can only be considered an appropriate introduction to the current state of our actively on-fire planet, a doctor recently delivered a baby dressed as Heath Ledger’s Joker. The man costumed as an internet-popular nihilistic sociopath caught the baby at Henry County Medical Center in Paris, Tennessee, thus…

DC is dialing back the "shared" part of its shared cinematic universe

Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment have suggested that their shared cinematic universe won’t be be quite so shared going forward. That’s per Vulture, which posted a piece yesterday in which several DC higher-ups discussed the company’s film-making fortunes, suggesting that they’ll worry less about connecting its…

Mark Hamill gives Trump’s wire-tapping tweets the maniacal reading they deserve

Even given the incredibly low bar he has set over the course of his many decades in public life, Donald Trump’s wire-tapping tweets seemed to break new ground for the Commander in Chief. The direct connection between fringe, far-right talk-radio conspiracy theorizing and a verbatim message from one of the nation’s…

Mark Hamill is giving the world malevolent Joker readings of Trump tweets

Racist president-elect and steak salesman Donald Trump’s literary voice is a sort of strident, bludgeoning thing, re-creating in words and sentences the same petulant, antsy demeanor he evinced during all of his presidential debates. It is the exact tone that would form from an asshole whose first and only engagement…

Fans are hoarding precious Jared Leto Joker footage from Suicide Squad

In what amounts to a pretty blatant case of false advertising, the posters and trailers for David Ayers’ Suicide Squad seemed to suggest that Jared Leto’s buff, inked-up Joker would get plenty of screen time in the final movie. Many fans were disappointed, then, when the iconic character was marginalized in the…

You don’t have to be Jared Leto to look like an asshole this Halloween

The inevitable pre-made “Jared Leto-as-Joker” Halloween costumes have arrived, and they’re worse than we could have expected. The costumes, all of which are based around one of those skin-tight shirts that make the wearer look like they have a bunch of tattoos, boast components like a slicked-back green wig and…

Oscar in the utility belt: 9 actors who won Academy Awards after playing comic-book characters

1. Jennifer Lawrence, X-Men: First Class (2011) (Oscar in 2013)
For many actors, superpowers come after superstardom: Comic-book film adaptations have become big business, and these days studios are less likely to hand a potential franchise over to the unproven likes of a Christopher Reeve or a Brandon Routh. There…