‘Joker’ gets an 8-minute standing ovation at the Venice Film Festival. The film will release on October 4 in the US.
DC’s ‘Joker’ premiered at the Venice Film Festival and received a lot of critical acclaim by the audience. On Saturday, the film was awarded by an eight-minute standing ovation according to Variety. There have also been rumors about the movie generating a lot of Oscar buzz.
Joaquin Phoenix stars as Arthur Fleck, a failed comedian in 1981 who descends into madness to become the infamous villain ‘The Joker’. Todd Phillips (The Hangover) will serve as the director. The film also stars Frances Conroy as the Joker’s mother, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, and Marc Maron.
The movie has been rated R and will take a dark turn as the origin story of Batmans arch-nemesis will be shown. During the festival, Phillips said, “Why can’t you do a genre comic-book film like that? We thought this could be an exciting approach to this genre. I’m not sure what it means for DC or Marvel…”
Adding further, “It was a hard movie for us to get made, to convince DC and the studio at first, but we thought we would keep pushing because we thought it would be special.”
While preparing for the movie, Gladiator actor, Joaquin Phoenix had to lose 52 pounds. Talking about the weight loss he said, “That’s really the only thing that’s worthwhile; the other thing is connect-the-dots and paint-by-numbers, and who the [heck] cares about that?”
“There are certain areas of the character that frankly still aren’t clear to me, and I’m fine with that. There’s something enjoyable about not having to answer a lot of those questions. It requires a certain amount of participation from the audience that feels different,” he added.
DC’s Joker will release in cinemas on October 4.
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