🚨Kevin Smith Praises DC's Joker Origin Movie for Keeping the Budget Low🚨 -
Kevin Smith applauds Warner Bros. and DC Films for taking a chance on Joaquin Phoenix's The Joker origin movie. Set in the '80s, the movie is said to tackle the Clown Prince of Crime's early days as a failed comedian and will allegedly feature Batman's father, Thomas Wayne. Acclaimed filmmaker Martin Scorsese is expected to produce the film while The Hangover director Todd Phillips will helm. Production is set to kick off sometime this September with a budget of $55 million - a relatively small amount compared to previous DC movies' budgets. Talking on the recent episode of his Hollywood Babble-On podcast, the comic book connoisseur and the poster boy for geek fandom shared his two cents about the upcoming Joker movie, and he's giving credit to Warner Bros. and DC Films for their latest bold move. Here's what he said: I think what they're doing is smart. This is a cheap movie, it's $55 million. They're not spending - $55 [million] for a comic book property? That's very inexpensive. They're going Logan model, which is keep it low-budget and make it more adult. They're experimenting. You gotta applaud 'em for this. Everyone's always sh-tting on Warner Bros. going, 'You're f-cking up your movies!' And like, this is them trying a new direction where they're like, 'Look, obviously the extended universe stuff we're having a problem with. How about we just go back to the old way, which we used to do, where we just f-ckin' take material, give it to a director, and say f-ckin' go, and we don't worry about a fanbase and connecting the movies. At this point, Warner Bros. has everything to gain and (almost) nothing to lose by taking a chance on the Joker film. If this small experiment turns out way better than any of the DCEU films they've put out thus far, then they have a potentially sustainable banner under their belt.