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01st Sep 2019

New Joker movie receives eight-minute standing ovation at Venice premiere

Rudi Kinsella

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Bodes well for people who are excited to see Joker on the big screen.

No performance will ever find it easy to live up to Heath Ledger’s portrayal of The Joker in The Dark Knight.

Hell, it was recently voted the most memorable movie performance of the past 21 years.

And it’s obvious why. It’s incredible.

But based on the early reviews coming from Joker, the brand new film starring Joaquin Phoenix as the evil clown, we’ve got another classic comic book movie on our hands.

At Saturday night’s premiere of Joker, the movie received an eight-minute standing ovation from the audience at the Venice Film Festival.

According to Variety, “both press screenings were packed, with the second one also drawing loud applause at the end and cheers when Phoenix’s name appeared in the closing credits.”

Director and co-writer of the film Todd Phillips recently discussed the mixed reaction to the idea of the movie, following complaints that an origin story may damage the legacy of the character.

“There are always going to be naysayers, but from what I gather about the momentum of the movie and the response to the teaser we put out, the majority of fans seem to be excited about going down a different road.

“But also this will not be the last Joker movie ever made. It might be the last one Joaquin and I do, but someone else is going to come along and do another one, just like with Spider-Man. So if you don’t like this one, don’t worry, it’ll get reinvented again.”

Joker is released in Irish cinemas on Friday 4 October.

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