Alec Baldwin to play Thomas Wayne in Warner Bros Joker origins movie, alongside Joaquin Phoneix
As the latest installment in the star-studded cast, Baldwin is set to play the father who is resurrected to avenge the death of his son.
Alec Baldwin will star alongside Joaquin Phoenix who plays the lead in Warner Bros' upcoming origin-story, 'Joker'. It is speculated that Baldwin will play Thomas Wayne, a tycoon, philanthropist and the father of 'Batman' Bruce Wayne in the Todd Phillips-directed movie.
Baldwin is the latest name added to the cast of high-profile actors, which includes Robert DeNiro, Zazie Beetz, and Marc Maron. While the lead character in the movie, Joker, the Clown Prince of Crime, will be played by Phoenix, Baldwin will unfortunately be killed off quickly on his very first appearance in the series. Thomas Wayne was introduced in Detective Comics #33 (Nov. 1939), as a gifted physician and a philanthropist who inherits the Wayne family fortune from his father Patrick Wayne. Wayne and his wife play the role of catalyst, as it is their murder in a street-robbery gone wrong, that transforms Bruce into the Caped Crusader.
However, Wayne is portrayed very differently in Geoff Johns' alternate timeline comic 'Flashpoint' (2011), where instead of Bruce it is he who witnesses the death of his own son and his wife's eventual descent into madness. The incident triggers a sense of grief in Wayne who goes on to become the Batman, and his wife -- driven insane by the death of her son -- transforms into a psychopathic villain.
Reportedly, the film is more modestly budgeted than other DC-based movies and will lend a much darker perspective to the 'Batman' story. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Baldwin's Wayne will be a cheesier take on the businessman, a lot like the 1980s Donald Trump, which shouldn't come as a surprise since Baldwin has already delivered a perfect caricature of the President on 'Saturday Night Live'.
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