First Look at Joaquin Phoenix's Joker Standalone Film Revealed

Pascal Le Segretain, Getty Images
Pascal Le Segretain, Getty Images

by Natalie Zamora

Fans' hope in movie portrayals of the Joker ​were beginning to dwindle as Heath Ledger's Academy Award-winning role in The Dark Knight trilogy was followed by Jared Leto's divisive Suicide Squad character. Things are starting to look up, however, as we've just gotten our first look at ​Joaquin Phoenix as the classic DC villain.

Phoenix will star in his very own standalone ​Joker film, directed by Todd Phillips (The Hangover series, War Dogs). The director took to Instagram on September 16 to share the first official photo, with the caption "Arthur," confirming early reports the character's real name would be Arthur Fleck.

Arthur.

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According to ​The Hollywood Reporter, the as-yet-untitled film will follow Arthur's journey from a struggling stand-up comedian to the infamous villain. It is described as an “exploration of a man disregarded by society [that] is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.”

We can clearly expect to see a lot of the Joker's origin story, something footage obtained by TMZ shows more of below. The site shared videos of Phoenix on set, walking around the street in character, then speaking to and seemingly being threatened by a clown. This is seriously creepy even without any context!

The standalone film is set to hit theaters October 4, 2019.

Netflix's Stranger Things Season 3 Video Is Full of Easter Eggs You Might Have Missed

Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
Netflix

Stranger Things's third season was full of many surprising twists and turns, not to mention some awkward teen romances. While the gruesome Mind Flayer and the evil Russians were no doubt terrifying, the show kept its sweet touch of nostalgia due mainly to the fact that the Hawkins gang is now smack-dab in the middle of the 1980s.

It doesn’t take a keen eye to see many of the series's '80s references, particularly in the latest season. With scenes taking place at the new mall, references from the decade—including Hot Dog on a Stick, Sam Goody, and Back to the Future—are all part of the setting. However, creators Ross and Matt Duffer wanted to pay true homage to the decade, and thus left Easter eggs throughout the season that you likely missed.

Luckily for us, as BGR reports, Netflix has just released a video explaining the hidden references (with the New Coke debate, Mrs. Wheeler’s erotica novel, and Hopper’s Tom Selleck-inspired Hawaiian shirt among some of our favorites).

Check out the full video above and see what you missed!

[h/t BGR]

Disney's Lady and the Tramp Remake Will Star a Mixed-Breed Rescue Dog Named Monte

Disney
Disney

Following the success of The Lion King, Lady and the Tramp will be the next classic Disney movie to be revamped in 2019. And while most of Disney's live-action remakes boast star-studded casts, the lead in this upcoming film is totally unknown. That's because Monte, a mixed-breed dog from Phoenix, Arizona, spent his pre-Hollywood days living in animal shelters.

As AZ Central reports, Monte will make his film debut as Tramp when Lady and the Tramp releases alongside the launch of Disney+, the company's upcoming streaming service, on November 12. In the original 1955 animated movie, Tramp was portrayed as a mutt who lived on the streets, so instead of looking for a purebred dog to portray the character, producers stayed faithful to the source material.

Monte lived in a New Mexico animal shelter before transferring to HALO Animal Rescue in Phoenix. When the filmmakers went there in search of a star for their movie, he instantly won them over. Like Tramp, Monte is a mixed-breed dog, but the shelter doesn't know exactly what his background is, other than being part terrier. Despite his scrappy appearance, Monte is very well-behaved. He knows how to sit, walk on a leash, and he's friendly with everyone he meets, according to the shelter.

The Lady and the Tramp crew adopted Monte in April 2018, and earlier this month, Disney released the first promotional image of him for the film. It features Monte snuggling up with his co-star, Rose, who plays Lady. True to the original, Lady is portrayed by a purebred cocker spaniel. Though you likely don't recognize the dogs on the poster, you may have heard of the voice actors who will bring them to life: Justin Theroux is playing Tramp and Tessa Thompson is Lady.

[h/t AZ Central]

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