Alec Baldwin will reportedly be playing a businessman modeled after a 1980s Donald Trump in the upcoming comic book adaptation, “Joker.”
The film is set to begin filming in a couple 0f weeks — and will hit theaters in October of next year.
The film is centered around the DC Comics Batman villain The Joker (who will be played by Joaquin Phoenix). The film has been described as darker than other DC Comics-inspired movies, and it’s a standalone character-driven movie modeled after the likes of “Taxi Driver” and “The King of Comedy.”
In addition to Phoenix, the film stars Robert De Niro, Marc Maron and Zazie Beetz. It’s directed by Todd Phillips (“The Hangover” trilogy).
Baldwin is the latest to join the cast of the film and he’ll reportedly be playing Thomas Wayne, who is the father of Bruce Wayne — aka Batman — in the comic books on which the film is based.
The character was last played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan in 2016’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”
This Thomas Wayne will be very different from other recent incarnations of the character. A report from The Hollywood Reporter indicates that the character is “cheesy and tanned” and modeled after a 1980s Donald Trump, according to that publication’s sources.
If this is true, hiring Baldwin for the role is a little on the nose, since he’s mainly been known in recent years for his over-the-top portrayal of the president on “Saturday Night Live.”
“Joker” sounded like an interesting movie before this latest bit of news. Warner Bros. and DC Comics seemed to be giving more freedom to this film, as it was one of the first standalone comic book-inspired movies in a long time.
However, if the plan is to have Baldwin come on set and simply do his Trump schtick for cameras, well, then this film is a lot less exciting and interesting than many people originally thought.
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