‘Joker’ isn’t Joking! The Origin Story Roars at the Venice Film Festival

Article by Maureen Kasuku
Posted: September 09, 2019

Our fave diabolical clown Joker has his own movie and it debuts in Cinemas October 4th!

The malevolent mischief-maker gets to laugh out loud in his own story.

Why should you be excited? Well, the Joker isn’t joking around. The movie won the Golden Lion at The 76th edition of the Venice International Film Festival which closed Saturday night.  The top prize went to the villain origin story starring Joaquin Phoenix.


The Rundown:

The film, based on DC Comics characters, stars Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker. It’s the origin story for the Joker set in 1981, and follows Arthur Fleck, a failed stand-up comedian who turns to a life of crime and chaos in Gotham City.

According to DC Universe, Joker seems to be taking a different direction entirely. The trailer implies, with its leisure-cut suits, vintage cars, and dated technology, that it’s taking place in a Gotham based on 1970s New York City. The period details are apparent, even in the trailer.

This is exciting from a design point of view, and introduces an entirely new element to the superhero movie genre.

What happens when we bring our very real past to bear on this very fictional story? We’re going to find out when Joker premieres.

Keep it here for tickets.




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