With less than a week to go before Todd Phillips Joker opens nationwide, the film has been met with awards, accolades, and condemnation. To say that three-time Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix's turn as DC Comics' iconic villain has broken social media in half would be an understatement. From "toxic masculinity" to "glorification of violence," important societal topics are being dragged into the light – though the jury is still out on if the "conversation" taking place involves genuine exchanges of ideas, or just different sides interested in only hearing themselves talk.
So with that said, never let it be said that we're above taking advantage of a hot controversy – we just want to dial back the drama for just a few minutes. To that end, we present an interview with "Joker OG" Cesar Romero from the Texas Archive of the Moving Image. Romero played The Caped Crusader's arch-nemesis in a recurring role on ABC's Batman television series from 1966-1968, as well as for a film in 1966
While promoting the television series and film while on set, Romero discusses with Jean Boone how they have "a lot of fun doing the show," and how he enjoys playing The Clown Prince of Crime because the role allows him to be "hammy" and "go all out." We give this video extra "geek points" for being bale to hear Romero discuss how many episodes his Joker will be in during the upcoming season – and while we have a sample of Romero's comments below, check out the entire video following for some serious 60's groove (and Romero's painted-over moustache):
Director Todd Phillips "Joker" centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone fictional story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips' exploration of Arthur Fleck, who is indelibly portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, is of a man struggling to find his way in Gotham's fractured society. A clown-for-hire by day, he aspires to be a stand-up comic at night…but finds the joke always seems to be on him. Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty, Arthur makes one bad decision that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events in this gritty character study.
Three-time Oscar nominee Phoenix ("The Master," "Walk the Line," "Gladiator") stars in the titular role alongside Oscar winner Robert De Niro ("Raging Bull," "The Godfather: Part II") as Franklin. The film also stars Zazie Beetz ("Deadpool 2"), Frances Conroy (TV's "American Horror Story," Hulu's "Castle Rock"), Marc Maron (TV's "Maron," "GLOW"), Bill Camp ("Red Sparrow," "Molly's Game"), Glenn Fleshler (TV's "Billions," "Barry"), Shea Whigham ("First Man," "Kong: Skull Island"), Brett Cullen ("42," Netflix's "Narcos"), Douglas Hodge ("Red Sparrow," TV's "Penny Dreadful") and Josh Pais (upcoming "Motherless Brooklyn," "Going in Style").
Oscar nominee Phillips ("Borat," "The Hangover" trilogy) directs from a screenplay he co-wrote with Oscar-nominated writer Scott Silver ("The Fighter"), based on characters from DC. The film is produced by Phillips and Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper ("A Star Is Born," "American Sniper") under their Joint Effort banner, and Oscar nominee Emma Tillinger Koskoff ("The Wolf of Wall Street"). It is executive produced by Michael E. Uslan, Walter Hamada, Aaron L. Gilbert, Joseph Garner, Richard Baratta, and Bruce Berman.
Behind the scenes, Phillips is joined by director of photography Lawrence Sher ("Godzilla: King of the Monsters," "The Hangover" trilogy), production designer Mark Friedberg ("Selma," "The Amazing Spider-Man 2"), editor Jeff Groth ("War Dogs," "The Hangover Part III"), and Oscar-winning costume designer Mark Bridges ("Phantom Thread," "The Artist"). The music is by Hildur Guðnadóttir ("Sicario: Day of the Soldado").
Warner Bros. Pictures Presents, in Association with Village Roadshow Pictures, in Association with BRON Creative, a Joint Effort Production, a Film by Todd Phillips, "Joker." It will be in theaters nationwide October 4, 2019 and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.