The Joker continues to make some very unexpected castings which may make the film riveting or just plain weird. Alec Baldwin is the latest to join the cast, but it is who he is playing that could hook some people in.
According to various reports, the actor will play Thomas Wayne, the father of Bruce Wayne. Additionally, the character is being described as someone who has the same personality and unusually orange tanned skin as a certain someone. More on the story below.
According to THR, Baldwin will play the elder Wayne who is a “cheesy and tanned businessman who is more in the mold of a 1980s Donald Trump.” Baldwin is well-known for his Trump impressions on SNL, seen in the image above. In fact, he’s earned himself a few Emmy nominations because of it. So he’s taking it to a cinematic level. Only thing is, it won’t be Trump. But we know who director Todd Phillips will be alluding to.
Baldwin is the latest high-profile actor to join The Joker, which is being intentionally designed to be separate from the DC Extended Universe. This will allow Warner Bros. to release more mature films with new actors playing iconic characters. The film is being described as an “exploration of a man disregarded by society” that is “not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.”
Joaquin Phoenix will play the title character, who starts out as an ordinary man who quits his job to become a standup comedian, only to make some poor choices that will tragically turn him into the Clown Prince of Crime. Deadpool 2 star Zazie Beetz will be playing a single mother who catches the interest of the man who eventually becomes the Joker. Robert De Niro will play a talk show host who is a key influence in the Joker’s life. Meanwhile Francis Conroy will play Joker’s mother, and Marc Maron will play the Joker’s agent who helps him book gigs.
The film looks to be coming together as a breath of fresh air for the DC film slate. While it is separate from the DCEU, it could be what they need to bring back interest to the comic book movie franchise.
Thomas Wayne is the gifted physician and philanthropist to Gotham City, who, along with his wife Martha, is murdered in front of their son, Bruce. This would inspire Bruce to become the Batman vigilante.
The Joker opens in theaters on October 4, 2018.