Gotham‘s version of the Joker may not actually be The Joker by name, but it’s close enough that, of course, Jerome and Jeremiah Valeska actor Cameron Monaghan should get a chance to weigh in on the other pre-Batman era Joker about to enter the Worlds of DC.
Joaquin Phoenix’s take on the Clown Prince of Crime is coming in a Joker standalone film that will portray the iconic villain as a failed stand-up comic who turns to a life of crime and chaos, after bombing with audiences.
So, what does Monaghan think of Phoenix’s Joker? Well, he’s mainly trying to avoid finding out absolutely anything about it.
“I am trying not to look at it too much because I just don’t want to make something that’s the same as what he is doing,” Monaghan told IGN in a recent on-set interview. “But it is inescapable.”
He’s not wrong there – we’ve already seen so many photos of Joaquin Phoenix in-character on set. (Seriously, there’s been a lot.)
Still, even while Monaghan’s trying to keep his version and Phoenix’s version of the Joker separate, he adds that the two projects are worlds apart in tone, anyway, and he said he has no doubt that Phoenix is “going to do something unique and interesting”.
“[Gotham] is heightened, and has a tongue-in-cheek sense of humour about itself,” he continued. “I think it is cool what they’re going to be able to do in an R-rated two-hour movie.
“We indulge in being campy, or ridiculous, or fun in a way they probably won’t be able to do. It is a different goal and way of going about it, but I am excited to see what they do. Thankfully it is very different from what we’re doing.”
Gotham will return for its fifth and final season early next year as it adapt the ‘No Man’s Land’ storyline from the comics – although if the latest series subtitle we were given on Halloween is anything to go by, it looks like Mr J’s reign of terror is about to come to an end.
Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker will be released in cinemas on October 4, 2019.
Gotham airs on FOX in the US and E4 in the UK, where seasons 1-4 are also available on demand via Netflix.
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