Some say the DC Extended Universe has struggled to find its identity. DC Films has been working hard to redefine its MCU-like movie landscape, but at the same time they’re doing something else really interesting. They are putting together a series of movies completely separate from their broader connected DCEU. The very first of these stand-alone films is simply titled “Joker” and the first trailer looks really promising.
Right off the bat the trailer showcases a truly dark and twisted tone. As a big fan of Joker’s grittier comic book storylines I’m loving how the film looks to have a menacing, psychological focus. Shades of Martin Scorsese’s “The King of Comedy” and even “Taxi Driver” can be seen everywhere. That’s a good thing. And who better to dig deep into the twisted psychology of a madman than Joaquin Phoenix? My one concern is Todd Phillips. His brand of comedy has never resonated with me. But so far so good!
“Joker” hits theaters October 4th. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be checking it out or giving it a pass.