Reactions to Todd Phillips' Joker have ranged all over the map, from wild enthusiasm to more tepid reactions by some critics and DC Comics fans. Almost everyone, however, was deeply impressed by Joaquin Phoenix's absorbing and magnetic performance; his portrayal of doomed comedian Arthur Fleck has burrowed its way deeply into the psyche of moviegoers and has definitely spurred awards talk for the actor.
This weekend's release launched a new phase in movies based on DC Comics characters. What will the future bring? Here's a look at three upcoming spins on superpowered expectations.
Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) has broken up with Joker. In need of a fresh start, she teams up with Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), the Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez) to rescue young Cassandra Cain (Ella Jay Basco) from evil criminal overlord Black Mask (Ewan McGregor). Cathy Yan directs.
Release date: February 7, 2020. Sign up for a FANALERT® and be the first to know when tickets and other exclusives are available in your area.
After the ecstatic response to Wonder Woman (trailer above), set primarily during a time of great warfare in 1918, the sequel swiftly moves forward more than 60 years. Diana Prince, a.k.a. Wonder Woman, comes into conflict with the Soviet Union during the Cold War in the 1980s, meeting an archeologist (Kristin Wiig) who becomes a fearsome foe, known as Cheetah. Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen and Robin Wright all return; Patty Jenkins once again directs.
Release date: June 5, 2020. Sign up for a FANALERT® and be the first to know when tickets and other exclusives are available in your area.
The Suicide Squad
Writer/director James Gunn will bring his own fresh, distinctive take on DC Comics characters, primarily those who were not previously introduced (see trailer above). Production is now underway on the film and cast members include Idris Elba, David Dalmachian, Daniela Melchior, Taika Waititi, Alica Braga, Storm Reid, Peter Capaldi and more, as well as the returning Margot Robbie, Viola Davis and Joel Kinnaman.
Release date: August 6, 2021.