Many anticipate the Oscar’s 2020 race with the first-ever inclusion of a foreign film being considered as well as there not being a single woman nominated for a directorial achievement. The DC Universe hasn’t been critically-acclaimed for their outstanding efforts in filmmaking aside from Christopher Nolan’s Batman Trilogy. Todd Phillip’s take on the Joker as Joaquin Phoenix has truly made an impression on audience members worldwide. Ultimately, providing a cynical perspective of the world through the lens of DC Universe’s most favored villain, Joaquin Phoenix gives audiences a $1 billion performance through his bleak interpretation of the Joker.
Joaquin Phoenix conducted some extensive research before finalizing the Joker’s iconic laugh. He dug through the depths of the internet to find actual victims who suffer from the disorder of Pathological Laughter. Todd Phillip’s made it a note to Phoenix that he wanted the villain’s laugh to seem almost harmful to his very own well-being.
Joaquin Phoenix even took it upon himself to lose 50 pounds for the role of the Joker in order to genuinely portray his self-destructive tendencies. Pushing his body to new limitations has given Phoenix the right to perform the Joker’s ultimate plight and loss of sanity in Warner Bros. motion picture.
The late Heath Ledger and Joaquin Phoenix were both friends during the time Ledger played as the Joker in Christopher Nolan’s remarkable “The Dark Night.” The correlation between their friendship and both legendary actors playing the same role is an uncanny nod to great storytelling and filmmaking.