Here’s something that’ll put your Joker smile on; after the world premiere of DC’s movie on the iconic villain starring Joaquin Phoenix at the Venice Film Festival on Saturday, Joker had the audience on its feet for an eight-minute-long standing ovation. According to reports, the Todd Phillips-directed movie was also met with big shouts of “Bravo!” as the credits rolled and Joaquin Phoenix’s name was flashed on the screen.
Phoenix and Phillips were joined in the Sala Grande by Zazie Beetz, who also stars in the movie as Phoenix’s character Arthur Fleck’s neighbor. Phoenix has already been seen as the best racer to the Academy Awards and the reactions at Venice only fuels the entire earl Oscar buzz. Even Venice film fest artistic director Alberto Barbera said ‘Joker’ is headed “straight to the Oscars”.
Earlier at the fest, Joaquin Phoenix said he stayed away from past actors’ incarnations of the Batman arch-villain, including Heath Ledger’s portrayal in ‘The Dark Knight’, which won the late Australian actor a posthumous Academy Award in 2009. The actor said, “I didn’t refer to any past iteration of the character. It just felt like something that was our creation in some ways”.
Just before the Venice Film Festival kicked off, Warner Bros. had dropped three final posters of ‘Joker’ along with the final trailer. And from the trailer, it seems we will see a never-seen-before avatar of clown prince of crime. One that’ll make us sad and wrench our hearts! ‘Joker’ is slated to hit the theatres on October 4.