'Joker' Movie 2019: Set Photos, Video Reveal a Trump-Inspired Thomas Wayne
There are countless set photos and video of Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker from the 2019 movie already circulating online, but we still haven’t gotten a look at how the upcoming film will portray Thomas Wayne. Until now.
A new batch of pictures from Just Jared appears to show Phoenix chasing down Batman’s dad before he stumbles and falls on the concrete. The latest set photos mostly focus on the Joker himself, seen without makeup as his pre-supervillain character Arthur Fleck. However, we also get one image of Thomas Wayne (played by Brett Cullen), who gives off a 1980s Wall Street vibe with just a hint of Donald Trump.
Earlier reports suggested that Joker would offer a decidedly negative take on Thomas Wayne, usually portrayed as a philanthropist who worked to raise up the people of Gotham City. But according to The Hollywood Reporter, this version of the character will be a “cheesy and tanned businessman who is more in the mold of a 1980s Donald Trump.”
This new Joker set photo seems to confirm those rumors. Cullen’s skin isn’t exactly glowing orange, but he definitely gives off an ‘80s businessman vibe, from his slicked back hair to the oversized coat.
Earlier leaks also supported the claim that Joker’s Thomas Wayne would be a lot less likable than normal. One set leak showed an anti-Wayne protest with signs reading, “FASCIST WAYNE,” “CLOWN MAYOR,” and “If you think GREED is bad, wait until you hear about CAPITALISM.”
So clearly the Joker version of Thomas Wayne isn’t exactly a good guy, but how will he respond to the rise of the Clown Prince of Crime? We’ll have to wait until next year, or at least the next big leak, to find out.
Joker hits theaters on October 4, 2019.