If you’re like us who’s excited for the upcoming Joker movie, we have great news for you: the film has won the Venice International Film Festival’s Golden Lion, the highest prize given to a film in the competition.
The Golden Lion is one of the industry’s most prestigious and distinguished prizes, given at the oldest and one of the biggest film festivals in the world.
Joker was so well-received that it even garnered an eight-minute long standing ovation when it was screened at the festival. There’s even Oscar buzz surrounding the film, with critics predicting that it could be the first superhero title to be given the Best Picture award. Just last year, Marvel’s Black Panther became the first of its kind to be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars.
Rotten Tomatoes have also gathered reviews, rating the film 86%. Its general consensus states, “Joker gives its infamous central character a chillingly plausible origin story that serves as a brilliant showcase for its star – and a dark evolution for comics-inspired cinema.”
This iteration of Joker will follow Joaquin Phoenix as the titular character, a failed standup comedian who turns to a life of crime in Gotham City. It’s set to launch DC Black, a series of standalone films based on DC characters.
Phoenix is joined by Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Marc Maron, Bill Camp, Shea Whigham, Glenn Fleshler, Douglas Hodge, and Brian Tyree Henry. The film will be directed by Todd Phillips.
Joker is set to be released on October 4, 2019.
Watch the trailer below:
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