IF YOU CAN have two jokers playing a game card game, why can not you play two jokers at your Hollywood table?
That seems to be the case with Warner Bros./DC, as Todd Phillips's self-contained Joker movie starring Joaquin Phoenix as the lead actor of the clown Prince of Crime, continues to make high-profile casting decisions.
On Monday, Deadline announced that Alec Baldwin had joined Phillips' project, apparently to play Batman's father Thomas Wayne. This announcement follows the cast of Robert De Niro, Marc Maron and Zazie Beetz through the film.
And this news comes amidst DC's reports, Jared Leto's Joker, most recently seen in "Suicide Squad", for bringing a movie in which the villain would be reunited with Harley Quinn of Margot Robbie.
So instead of being careful that joker movies (with J-named actors) could speed joker fatigue, WB / DC seems to be struggling with the belief that it should follow the logic of the comic book lines.
In other words, why not give the fans a chance to plunge into a plethora of parallel-style DC movies from the "Elseworlds" comics?
Ever since the great success of "The Avengers" in 2012, the superhero fans began to wonder and wonder how DC would put together its own team-up films in a cinema universe.
But given the overwhelming receptions of "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" and "Justice Leagu e" – sub-billion-dollar disappointments that could speed Ben Affleck's exit from the Batman role – perhaps DC will not look up Disney / Marvel's decades-long presentation of massive success.
Instead, the creatives and suits at WB / DC could explore the Disney / Lucasfilm model in more detail.
This is because Star Wars has enjoyed commercial success with its interstitial stand-alone films since Disney re-launched the Galaxy of George Lucas in 2015.
When DC plays a bit Do you try the multiverse approach – at a fraction of the cost? Phillips' Joker movie, released in the fall of 2019, has a production budget of $ 55 million, far less than that of Suicide Squad ($ 175 million) and Batman v Superman ($ 250 million). The "Justice League" budget with Nachdrehungen should have been even higher.
The most successful DCEU movie was "Wonder Woman," which received positive reviews and grossed $ 822 million for a $ 150 million production budget. The sequel will also be released in fall 2019.
In other words, the cinematic Wonder Woman performed best in the narrative as she fought the crime free of Batman and Superman.
And that suggests a better bet strategy for WB / DC might be: instead of playing at Hollywood's biggest craps tables every year, why not switch to a series of smaller-bet games?
After all, more feature films in the game mean more jokers are wild.
Who wants a joker spinoff movie?