We now have a runtime for Todd Phillips’ Joker,
The arthouse-style DC film starring Joaquin Phoenix is set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this year, where its runtime has been revealed via their website.
According to TIFF’s website, Joker will run for 122 minutes. Other than that the description does not provide any other details on the film, but it does offer a new synopsis for it. The description is as follows:
Joaquin Phoenix becomes the iconic comic-book villain in director Todd Phillips’ (War Dogs, The Hangover trilogy) dark chronicle of a vulnerable man’s descent into violent madness.
After the commercial and critical success of Shazam! and Aquaman, Warner Bros. is showing that they are open to having every DC film have their own unique tones. While Shazam! and Aquaman were more family friendly, Joker absolutely is not. It is also not really tethered to any story from the DC Comics mythos as director Todd Phillips has previously explained. If you’re a die-hard fan of DC or The Joker then you may be disappointed that the movie is going to skip on the easter eggs.
Bringing a film to the festival, especially TIFF is typically a sign that the studio is ruminating a potential award season run. It is also indicative that Warner Bros. is confident in Todd Phillips’ vision and that it will be a hit when the award season starts to ramp up. If Joker ends up receiving strongly positive word of mouth, then we can be sure to see an Oscar campaign launching soon.
Th only negative to this early release is that it will be running for weeks ahead of its general release, which leaves a lot of people open to spoilers.
The Toronto International Film Festival will run from September 5th to 15th in Toronto, Canada.
Joker is scheduled for a general premiere on October 4th, 2019.
Joker centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck (Phoenix), a man disregarded by society, is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.
Directed by Todd Phillips from a script he co-wrote with Scott Silver, Joker stars Joaquin Phoenix, Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Douglas Hodge, Marc Maron, Josh Pais, and Shea Whigham.
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