Just one day after Variety reported that Alec Baldwin will be playing the role of Thomas Wayne in the new ‘Joker’ movie, Baldwin has dropped out. TheWrap confirmed that Baldwin will not be playing role of Dr. Thomas Wayne in the film.
Baldwin told USAToday that he had to dropout of the film because of “scheduling,” adding “I’m sure there are 25 guys who can play that part”. As for the film itself, the new DC project will be directed by Todd Phillips and will feature Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker. Other actors attached to the project include Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, and Marc Maron. The studio will confirm the extended cast when the film enters into production, which is slated to begin later this fall. Bruce Wayne’s father has never been a central character in the Batman films, though the death of Thomas and Martha Wayne has often appeared in the franchise’s films. In the 1989 film “Batman,” with Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson, Thomas Wayne was played by David Baxt and Martha Wayne was played by Sharon Holm.
As for the character of Thomas Wayne, he was a beloved philanthropist in the city of Gotham and a respected physician. Dr. and Mrs. Wayne met their end after taking a young Bruce Wayne to the cinema, it was their senseless death that led Bruce Wayne to become Batman.
Details on the story are slim, though many speculate that the new Joker film will a noir loosely based on the popular “The Killing Joke” graphic novel. Warner Bros. Animation released a film adaptation of that story-line back in July 2016. With a strong focus on story and a mystery, the new Batman should be less CG effects and more actual detective work.
While Heath Ledger’s performance of the Joker earned him a posthumous Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, Jared Leto’s take on the Joker in “Suicide Squad” was mostly panned by critics and fans. “Suicide Squad” made $325M domestically back in 2016 and the film then went on to make over $746M worldwide. Despite the large box-office total, the film sits with a 28% rating on RottenTomatoes.
If everything goes according to plan, Warner Bros. Pictures will release the untitled Joker movie on October 4, 2019.