The final Joker movie trailer starring Joaquin Phoenix launched recently and from what I gathered I’d say gave me a pretty good positive outlook on what to look for in a world where THIS Joker is set apart from the DCEU. Last Year Cinema Blend reported that Warner Bros. had decided to take themselves away from the shared universe. Cinema Blend mentioned that this was mainly due in part via an abysmal performance of the Justice League flick. The DC hero team-up could no way compare to the success of the Marvel’s Avengers team-up movie.
Warner Bros. Pictures Group Chairman Toby Emmerich did tell The Hollywood Reporter, in response to the trade’s question about the success of Aquaman, that the studios will be taking a different approach compared to Marvel Studios.
“We all feel like we’ve turned a corner now. We’re playing by the DC playbook, which is very different than the Marvel playbook. We are far less focused on a shared universe. We take it one movie at a time. Each movie is its own equation and own creative entity. If you had to say one thing about us, it’s that it always has to be about the directors”.
Now it seems that Joker could set the precedence for this as an interview with director Todd Phillips talked about how he pitched a “DC Black” label. An off-shoot whilst his Joker project was in development, according to the LA Times.
“At one point during the development of ‘Joker,’ he proposed to Warner Bros. executives that they create a separate offshoot label called DC Black as a kind of laboratory for what he calls ‘independent-minded films about these characters’.”
Phillips also mention that it may not happen just yet, which could mean there’s an inkling of a possibility. From what I gleaned, Phillips has a wait-and-see attitude about what kind of response Joker gets first and then go from there.
ComicBook.com mentioned examples that have already occurred in paper publications. Batman Damned and Batman: Curse of the White Knight were mentioned. I guess you could say they were the Indie’s of the DC world. Perhaps if things go well with Phoenix’s rendition, they could take that route. This kind of reminds me of those Punisher Max and Black Widow Max run of Marvel Comics.
Phillips even mentioned with all the displeased naysayers out there, if the studios make another Joker movie, but without him helming and Phoenix reprising the villain, there will likely be a chance of reinventing the character. Thus possibly appeasing to the displeased fan fare.
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