We have a little update on Joker from star Brian Tyree Henry. This is easily one of the most intriguing comic book movies coming our way this year, if not ever. Joaquin Phoenix is set to start as a man named Arthur Fleck who becomes the titular DC Comics villain in a movie that will explore the characters’ full origins on screen for the first time. Now Henry, who co-stars alongside Phoenix, has offered some story details and reveals how this will be different from other movies of the same ilk.
Brian Tyree Henry has become one of Hollywood’s true in-demand actors. Last year alone he starred in Widows, If Beale Street Could Talk and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Now he’s making the jump to the DC universe. Currently, he’s promoting the Child’s Play remake, which hits theaters next weekend. During a recent interview, he was asked about Joker and the actor explained the focus of the movie. Here’s what he had to say about it.
“The film really goes into just the origin story villains are never born that way, they’re made. There’s something that happens in their lives that they give up their faith in humanity; they see the flaws of humanity and mankind and feel like they must correct it. And what happens with ‘Joker‘ is you start to see how he really was a happy person. He really was trying to find this hope in humanity until it broke him down and he just had to give up and reshape it.”
The Joker is, unquestionably, one of the most despicable characters in all of comics. So the idea of painting him as a possibly sympathetic product of society is a fascinating idea. Director Todd Philips’ movie, which won’t be connected to the other more recent DC Films offerings, has previously been described as a character piece. So this seems to make sense. Speaking a bit further, Brian Tyree Henry described how Arthur Fleck’s relationship with his mother factors in.
“There’s going to be a connection [made] about a boy and his mother, that is another thing that you’re going to see, that he was capable of love at some point. But, at the end of the day, I think it’s all about how he was made that way, how he didn’t start being that kind of person.”
Even after the release of the first teaser earlier this year, this movie remains largely mysterious. We know there will be connections to Bruce Wayne and his father, Thomas Wayne. But it’s likely going to divert from the Batman story we’re all familiar with, and the Caped Crusader, as far as we know, isn’t really going to be a factor.
It’s going to be fascinating to see if Todd Philips and Warner Bros. are able to pull this off from a quality standpoint. Further, will audiences embrace it? The cast also includes Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, Marc Maron, Brett Cullen, Bryan Callen and Robert De Niro. Joker is set to hit theaters on October 4. This news was first reported by Observer.