“Joker” director also sees disadvantages in the “Avengers” success: “Marvel is a gigantic monster!”

Does it rather have advantages or disadvantages to develop a gigantic cinema universe? Both are the case for director Todd Phillips – and so he sells his “Joker” success story as a kind of David vs GOMOVIES. Goliath story …

Where Marvel is immobile, DC is flexible – that could at least become the new secret weapon of Warner Bros., after the plan to unify the DC blockbusters around the “Justice League” after the MCU model to a DC Extended Universe, so good as failed. Although the so-called DCEU still exists, the so far known heroes such as “Aquaman” and “Wonder Woman” will now go their own way, instead of compulsively in another “Justice League” movie after the “Avengers” -Vorbild to have to re-encounter. Apart from that, Warner has opened an interesting door for his DC films: they no longer necessarily have to be linked together.

Where Marvel is immovable, DC is flexible
But Warner has opened an interesting door for his DC films: they no longer necessarily have to be linked.

And that’s what “Joker” director Todd Phillips sees as a force, even if his statement about the MCU initially sounds like other film studios are too weak to bang on against Disney and Marvel. In an interview with The New York Times, he said, “You can not beat Marvel – it’s a gigantic monster.” But he deduced the following consequence for his “Joker”: “Let’s do something that they can not do.”

In an interview with The New York Times, he said, “You can not beat Marvel – it’s a gigantic monster.” But he deduced the following consequence for his “Joker”: “Let’s do something that they can not do.”

Marvel just can not do it all

What Marvel does not have in his – of course, mega-successful – monster franchise is, so to speak, freedom. All the pieces of the puzzle always have to go together, MCU mastermind Kevin Feige takes care of everything, and everything has to fit into Disney’s family-friendly policy. So the best strategy for other studios, Warner, for example, with his DC comic adaptations, is to offer alternatives to the audience instead of simply copying the Marvel-created Cinema Universe.

So the best strategy for other studios, Warner, for example, with his DC comic adaptations, is to offer alternatives to the audience instead of simply copying the Marvel-created Cinema Universe.

DC movies can be bleak (for “jokers”, for example, we’re tapping on a 16+ age rating), take unexpected genre directions, contradict each other, tell different timelines. With the “Joker” -film, which has echoes of “Taxi Driver”, now comes for example a completely standalone film in the DC cinema universe, in “The Batman” (theatrical release: US theatrical release: June 25, 2021) with Robert Pattinson is told the story of a young Batman. This Joker and this Batman will never meet in the cinema and with the current incarnation of z. As Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) they have nothing to do.

“Joker” is different – and thus successful

After the plan has failed to oppose the “Goliath” MCU to the “Goliath” DCEU, DC now relies on the “David” strategy: the opponent is strong, but also immobile. So with a flexible and creative strategy, where you do not have to stick to too many rules, you might still have a chance. With Phillips’ “Joker”, in which Joaquin Phoenix takes on the role of the eponymous DC villain, this bill seems to work out: The Golden Lion of Venice has the drama in his pocket, $ 100 million on the opening weekend could very soon follow if the film meets the current forecasts.

With Phillips’ “Joker”, in which Joaquin Phoenix takes on the role of the eponymous DC villain, this bill seems to work out: The Golden Lion of Venice has the drama in his pocket, $ 100 million on the opening weekend could very soon follow if the film meets the current forecasts.

“Joker” will be released on October 10, 2019 in German cinemas.

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