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Joaquin Phoenix lost a lot of weight for his role as the Joker. It was so serious that filming could only be done once, with no opportunity for reshoots. Todd Phillips had to write the script during production.
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The movie is meant to start a new company that will produce stand-alone DC movies.
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Joaquin Pheonix's first role in a comic book film. He previously turned down the title role in "Doctor Strange" (2016) as well the chance to replace Edward Norton as the Hulk in "The Avengers" (2012), because he was unwilling to sign onto the multi-picture deal that Marvel Studios was requiring.
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The Joker's make-up is very similar to John Wayne Gacy's, a serial killer who would often entertain children while dressed as Pogo the Clown. This make-up style was shunned by working clowns at the time, as they strictly prohibit "sharp" ends in their make-up, as it scares children.
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Viggo Mortensen turned down the role as Thomas Wayne.
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The filmmakers cite Alan Moore's comic "The Killing Joke", which tells the Joker's origin and descent into insanity, and the Martin Scorsese films Taxi Driver (1976), Raging Bull (1980) and The King of Comedy (1982) as an influence on the film.
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Three of the previous actors who have played the Joker - Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger, and Jared Leto - are Oscar winners (with Ledger winning for playing The Joker). Joaquin Phoenix has been nominated for an Oscar three times.
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The song heard in the teaser trailer is "Smile", composed by comedian Charles Chaplin for his film Modern Times (1936).
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Early footage shows Arthur walking by a sign for Amusement Mile, Gotham City's version of Coney Island, which features prominently in the original Killing Joke graphic novel. Joker cocreator Bill Finger was partly inspired by a sign for Steeplechase Park in the real Coney Island which featured a grotesque grinning face.
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The director, Todd Phillips, revealed on Instagram that shooting had wrapped on 19th of December 2018.
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Due to differences in time zones the first trailer was released on April 4th in Australia which is also the birthday of the late Australian actor Heath Ledger who played the Joker in the Dark Knight (2008)
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Brett Cullen also appears as Congressman Gilley in The Dark Knight Rises (2012).
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Joaquin Phoenix was good friends with the late Heath Ledger who won an Oscar for his portrayal as The Joker in 2008's The Dark Knight.
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Batman voice actor Kevin Conroy expressed hope that Joker voice actor Mark Hamill could reprise the role in the film while DC Extended Universe Joker actor Jared Leto wanted to reprise the role as well.
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Leonardo DiCaprio and Bill Skarsgård were rumored to play the Joker.
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On an Instagram post from Todd Phillips, he reveals a picture with the caption "Arthur," likely meaning the Joker's original name in the film will be Arthur.
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Alec Baldwin was in talks to play Thomas Wayne, but dropped out a day after being announced in the role, due to scheduling conflicts.
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The film will reportedly feature a younger actor portraying the Joker and will be separate from the DC Extended Universe and be part of a new film label by DC Comics and Warner Bros. Ironically enough, Joaquin Phoenix is only three years younger than Jared Leto.
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Joaquin Phoenix was considered for the role of Batman in Darren Aronofsky's canceled Batman: Year One movie.
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Shailene Woodley was offered the role of Sophie Dumond but turned it down due to scheduling conflicts with Big Little Lies. (2017) Mary-Elizabeth Winstead,Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Dakota Johnson, and Aja Naomi King were all considered for the the part. Mary Elizabeth went on to play Helena Bertinelli/Huntress in Birds of Prey. (2020) Zazie Beetz was cast.
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Third iteration of the character appearing to have long hair, following Kevin Michael Richardson's animated version in The Batman (2004) and Heath Ledger's iconic portrayal in The Dark Knight.
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Frances McDormand turned down the Penny role.
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Joker is the first live-action Batman spin-off since Catwoman.
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Joaquin Phoenix is dating Rooney Mara in real life, who was among the actresses considered to play the Joker's girlfriend Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad (2016).
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Joaquin Phoenix is the fourth Gladiator (2000) actor to star in a DC movie. Russell Crowe was in Man of Steel (2013), Connie Nielsen was in both Wonder Woman movies and Justice League (2017), and Djimon Hounsou is in Aquaman (2018) and Shazam! (2019).
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This is Zazie Beetz's second comic book movie after Deadpool 2 (2018).
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Dante Pereira-Olson, who played a young verison of Bruce Wayne in this movie, has previously played a young version of Joaquin Phoenix's character Joe in You Were Never Really Here (2017).
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Sharon Worthington's character is named Debra Kane as a tribute to Batman creator Bob Kane.
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This is Frances Conroy's first live-action DC movie from a Batman villain since Catwoman (2004). She was also a voice actor in All-Star Superman (2011) and Superman: Unbound (2013).
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Zazie Beetz and Brian Tyree Henry also co star in the FX comedy drama show Atlanta.
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The filmmakers used the fake working title 'Romeo' while filming to keep the film's production a secret.
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Joaquin Phoenix is the seventh actor to portray The Joker on the silver screen. He follows Cesar Romero (Batman: The Movie (1966)), Jack Nicholson (Batman (1989)), Mark Hamill (Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)), Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight (2008)), Jared Leto (Suicide Squad (2016)), and Zach Galifianakis (The Lego Batman Movie (2017)).
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The actor who portrayed the Jokers Henchman in the Dark Knight (Martin Ballantyne), expressed a preference to reprise his role for this film.
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This is Bill Camp and Douglas Hodge's first collaboration since Red Sparrow (2018), which also starred Jeremy Irons who plays Alfred in the DCEU.
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This is Bill Camp's second comic book movie in 2019 since he was in The Kitchen (2019).
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The Joker's name is Arthur Fleck- A. Fleck for short. This may be paying homage to Ben Affleck, who previously played Batman.
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