Joker: Jim Lee Reviews Todd Phillips' DC Film


DC Comics Co-Publisher and Chief Creative Officer Jim Lee has shared his thoughts on Todd Phillips' upcoming Joker film.

"Director Todd Phillip's Joker is intense, raw and soulful. He's talked about how his take on the Joker is not beholden to the character's comic book roots. That said, there's absolutely nothing in this film incongruous with our understanding of who the Joker is," Lee wrote in an Instagram post.

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"If anything, Joaquin Phoenix's mesmerizing and unsettling turn as the Joker gives us a deep and fully realized look into one of our favorite villains, and I'm sure elements will be embraced going forward in our ongoing, ever evolving mythology," he continued. "That's what powerful, compelling stories do. And without a doubt -- long time DC fans will be spending a lot of time unpacking the many story revelations and questions this harrowing cautionary tale raises."

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Lee isn't the only one impressed with Phillips' take on the character. His hard-fought R-Rated vision has been received well on Rotten Tomatoes, with overwhelmingly positive early reviews highlighting Joaquin Phoenix's "astonishing" performance. The film recently received an eight-minute standing ovation after its Venice Film Festival debut.

Directed by Todd Phillips, Joker stars Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Douglas Hodge, Marc Maron, Josh Pais and Shea Whigham. The film arrives in theaters Oct. 4.

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