Is ‘Joker’ in The Cards?
With Cannes in the rear-view mirror, film industry attention is now turning to the autumn festivals and what titles are shaping up as the ones we’ll be talking about throughout awards season. Having steadily cemented its status as the go-to fall launchpad for awards hopefuls, including three of the last five Best Picture Oscar winners, the Venice Film Festival is currently putting together its 2019 lineup, with the highly-anticipated reveal set for July 25.
Premiering a comic book movie at a major film festival would be a bold move, but we hear that Joker is sitting out ComicCon in favor of a fall springboard which just might be Venice. Warner Bros unveiled footage of the Todd Phillips-directed DC origins story at both CinemaCon in April and CineEurope in June, exciting exhibitors and audiences while the trailer has been viewed over 52M times and counting.
The movie, whose footage at CinemaCon played like an homage to Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver and King Of Comedy, stars Joaquin Phoenix in what looks to be a bravura performance. He has his fans on the Lido, having shared the Best Actor Volpi Cup in 2012 for The Master. WB has also found recent glory in Venice with such striking out-of-competition films as Gravity and A Star Is Born.
While Black Panther broke new ground with the Academy by becoming the first superhero film to get a Best Picture nomination, it shouldn’t be forgotten that it was WB’s The Dark Knight which helped break the mold for what a superhero movie can be back in 2008. That movie scored eight Oscar nominations and two wins, including a posthumous Best Supporting Actor win for Heath Ledger as The Joker.