Here at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, Warner Bros. presented their panel for their upcoming year to the theater owner association and press assembled.
Two of the big ticket draws were first looks at Joker and It: Chapter Two. Both movies are about clowns.
Let’s talk about “Joker”
When director Todd Phillips took the stage, he said the studio asked him to describe the genre of Joker. After thinking, he responded, “a tragedy.”
The footage we saw wasn’t really a scene, more of a super cut of scenes. It begins with Joaquin Phoenix’s non-makeup Joker in therapy, saying his mother told him he needed to smile more often.
We then see Phoenix working as a street performer when some street toughs steal one of his props. Phoenix gives chase, but the street toughs do a once over on Phoenix. We then see a shot of Phoenix sitting, shirtless, on his apartment floor mumbling something about how it’s getting “tougher out there.”
This is a heavily stylized film, which features random shots of Phoenix just laughing manically at inappropriate times, with a voiceover that says, “I thought my life was a tragedy, but I realized it’s a comedy.” (Todd Phillips and Joker seem to have a disagreement on this.)