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Three Things Todd Phillips’ Joker Sequel Can Do To Surpass The First

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By now, we all know that Todd Phillips is helming the sequel to the Oscar-winning comic-book adaptation Joker. It was reported that Joaquin Phoenix will be reprising his role as the menacing clown prince of crime known as Arthur Fleck while , in a shocking twist, Lady Gaga will be playing Harley Quinn instead of Margot Robbie coming back as the Joker’s favorite love interest. 

People are still somewhat in shock that the sequel to the 2019 smash hit is going to be a musical that will actually feature our lead character singing, which is already something new for a DC film. Despite all of that, fans are understandably worried that this sequel will not perform on the same level as its predecessor. 

Here is how it can be great:

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Bruce as he appeared in the 2019 film

Technically, we already saw Batman in the last movie. Many people don’t count it because it was just a young Bruce Wayne up until he lost his parents. However, if fans want to be truly satisfied with the outcome of the film, Todd Phillips needs to have Batman come into his Caped Crusading glory once again. Whether they use Robert Pattinson, or decide to bring Ben Affleck back again, it would be so amazing so see the two go at it in this universe.

Fans might groan and roll their eyes at the prospect of these two characters duking it out yet again, but, whether we like it or not, Joker is the greatest Batman villain in his rogues gallery and a Joker without a Batman, especially in this sequel, does not look like it would bode well with audiences.

Joker must kill Robin

In the comics, Jason Todd’s Robin is kidnapped and held captive by the Joker only to be ultimately killed by the clown prince of crime. To really make this movie compelling, there has to be some sort of stakes. Robin may be the equalizer in those stakes and up the ante in the film to make it more heartfelt and poetic if the Joker were to kill him.

This would most likely culminate into an ultimate showdown of blood, justice and vengeance between Joker and Batman.

Kill the Musical Numbers

It might be impossible at this point but if the filmmakers want this film to succeed, it makes only sense to get the musical genre clear out of the film. DC comic-book films and musicals don’t sound like they mix well together. WIth that being said, it only makes sense that the two remain separate.

To be honest, could you imagine seeing Joker singing a power ballad with Harley Quinn in a DC film, or better yet, singing it with Batman? Moreover, could you imagine Joker looming over Robin as he belts out a villain song? I couldn’t imagine that either.

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I am an MFA graduate of Howard University and I have been writing for Sportskeeda, movieweb, The total Plug, The DMV Daily, AIPT, Film Threat, Incluvie and Screen Anarchy and I have big hopes and dreams of being a filmmaker in the film industry.

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Joker: Folie à Deux | Official Teaser – In Theaters October 4, 2024

Sequel to the film “Joker” from 2019.

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Genre:

Crime, Drama, Musical

Release Date:

October 4, 2024

Director:

Todd Phillips

Cast:

Joaquin Phoenix, Lady Gaga

Plot Summary:

Sequel to the film “Joker” from 2019.

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The Penguin | Official Teaser — HBO Max

Following the events of ‘The Batman,’ Oswald Cobblepot, aka The Penguin, makes a play to grab the reigns of the crime world in Gotham.

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Crime, Drama, Fantasy

Release Date:

2024

Director:

Craig Zobel

Cast:

Colin Farrell, Cristin Milioti, Rhenzy Feliz

Plot Summary:

Following the events of ‘The Batman,’ Oswald Cobblepot, aka The Penguin, makes a play to grab the reigns of the crime world in Gotham.

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‘Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths Part One’ Review | The First Chapter of a Multiversal Epic

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“Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths Part One” takes audiences on a thrilling journey through the DC multiverse, showcasing the iconic comic’s epic storyline with impressive animation and a strong focus on character development. While the emphasis may be more on the Flash and Iris West’s storyline rather than the whole Justice League in Part One, it adds a unique perspective. It serves as a fitting tribute to the characters we’ve grown to love throughout the Tomorrowverse.

As the android known as Amazo (Nolan North, Rick and Morty, Blaze and the Monster Machines) wreaks havoc in Metropolis, The Flash (Matt Bomer, Justice League: Warworld, The Magnificent Seven) brings Batman (Jensen Ackles, Supernatural, My Bloody Valentine), Superman (Darren Criss, Legion of Super-Heroes, Midway) and several others together to form The Justice League. The film is directed by Jeff Wamester and adapted by Jim Krieg, with Krieg, Kimberly S. Moreau as Producers and Butch Lukic, Sam Register and Michael E. Uslan as Executive Producers. 

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The world-building in this film is outstanding, with each Earth feeling distinct and vibrant. The animation captures the essence of the source material and stylistically what started in Superman: Man of Tomorrow, the film immersed viewers in a visually stunning universe. The decision to make the narrative non-linear was a stroke of genius, keeping audiences engaged and intrigued throughout the movie. The score contributes to the film’s immersive atmosphere, enhancing the emotional beats and action sequences. The animation creates a visually stunning and cohesive world.

Matt Bomer delivers a standout performance as The Flash, infusing the character with emotion and depth as he navigates through the complexities of the multiverse. The supporting cast, comprised of familiar voices from the Tomorrowverse, adds a sense of continuity and familiarity, enriching the overall storytelling experience. Ultimately making the film feel like a culmination of years of storytelling.

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The decision to adopt a non-linear narrative structure proves to be a stroke of genius, keeping viewers engaged and intrigued as they piece together the various timelines and storylines. The high stakes and impending threat to the multiverse create a palpable sense of urgency and danger, heightening the tension and keeping audiences on edge throughout the film.

While the ending may feel abrupt, it is forgivable considering this is only the beginning of a three-part trilogy. It leaves audiences eagerly anticipating what’s to come next. The seamless inclusion of numerous DC characters from multiple Earths is a delightful treat for fans, adding depth and richness to the overall narrative.

“Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths” serves as the first instalment in a trilogy that pays homage to a pivotal moment in DC Comics history. Drawing inspiration from the acclaimed 12-issue limited series penned by Marv Wolfman and illustrated by George Pérez in the mid-1980s, this adaptation aims to capture the essence of the iconic crossover event. The film not only delves into the complex multiverse concept but also sets the stage for an epic showdown between heroes and villains across different dimensions. With its dedication to the original creators and its incorporation into various media platforms, including the “Arrowverse,” “Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths” stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of the source material.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths Part 1 is a worthy adaptation of the legendary comic, successfully merging the past and present of the DC animated movies. It may not be entirely focused on the Justice League, but its unique approach and strong character development make it a compelling watch. The film’s ability to elicit various emotions, from excitement to nostalgia, truly makes it a noteworthy addition to the Tomorrowverse.

“Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths Part One is now available to purchase on Blu-ray and on Digital Download.

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