The seemingly ubiquitous Distracted Boyfriend meme has received another makeover, this time spoofing Warner Bros.' tumultuous DC film slate.
Reddit user AldebaranTauro shared the image of Ben Affleck's brooding Bruce Wayne walking with Jared Leto's Joker from Suicide Squad, and turning to look at Joaquin Phoenix's Clown Prince of Crime from Todd Phillips' upcoming origin movie. The post, titled "Distracted Batfleck," struck a chord, standing at 96 percent Upvoted.
Phoenix's Joker, who is blurred and walking past Affleck, is a cropped image taken from a leaked set photo or video of him terrorizing a subway station. The iconic villain's real name in Phillips' film is Arthur Fleck, or A. Fleck, thought to be a sly tribute to Ben Affleck.
Set outside the continuity of such films as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, Joker is a gritty 1980s-set crime drama that follows a failed stand-up comedian who turns to crime in Gotham City.
Directed and co-written by Todd Phillips, Joker stars Joaquin Phoenix as the titular character along with Robert De Niro, Marc Maron, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, and Bill Camp. The film arrives on Oct. 4, 2019.