Joker is the latest movie inspired by DC Comics, but it’s a standalone in every sense of the world. Telling an original origin story for the Clown Prince of Crime, it’s not set in the existing DCEU, and will be a very grown-up take on the iconic villain.
Starring Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix, and looking to have as much in common with Scorsese’s ’70s and ’80s output as with the current crop of comic-book movies, Joker is set to be the most unique comic-book movie of the year.
In their new issue, Total Film magazine meets writer/director Todd Phillips and star Phoenix for an in-depth discussion about one of autumn’s most anticipated films.
On shelves from August 23, the new issue also features a massive comic-book movie preview, featuring all the latest news from DC, Marvel and beyond. Plus exclusive interviews with Renée Zellweger, Sienna Miller and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and the latest on blockbusters like Terminator: Dark Fate, Zombieland: Double Tap and Gemini Man. It also comes with a special supplement counting down the greatest comic-book movie villains of all time.
Joker cover story
In Joker, director Todd Phillips and star Joaquin Phoenix give us an origin story so grounded and disturbing, it’s positively thrilling. Total Film claws under the grease-painted skin of the darkest comic-book movie yet.
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Comic-Book Move Preview
DC is laying down a couple of wild cards and Marvel’s entering an all-new phase. Total Film brings you the lowdown on every upcoming comic-book movie that matters, plus the biggest superhero names hitting the small screen.
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In the upcoming Judy Garland biopic, Renée Zellweger delivers a truly astonishing turn as the legendary stage and screen star. But a transformation on that scale isn’t easy. Total Film speaks to Zellweger and the team behind her incredible metamorphosis to find out how they did it.
In 2003, GCHQ translator Katharine Gunn turned whistleblower by leaking documents that shed a new, disturbing light on the invasion of Iraq. Her story is captured in Gavin Hood’s drama Official Secrets, starring Keira Knightley, Matt Smith and Ralph Fiennes. Total Film visits the set to discover a film determined to tell the truth.
From Kick-Ass and Godzilla to Christopher Nolan’s next movie, British star Aaron Taylor-Johnson is firmly in Hollywood’s crosshairs. But after shepherding searing addiction drama A Million Little Pieces to fruition, he wants more than just a career on screen. Total Film meets the 29-year-old who can’t help getting creative.
Films Of The Decade: Part 1
Total Film’s countdown of the top 100 films of the decade starts here… It’s a testament to how varied the 2010s have been that superhero movies are rubbing shoulders with foreign-language heavy-hitters, and Oscar-winners sit alongside action franchises. And it’s only just beginning…
In the front-section, we get the latest on Ang Lee’s sci-fi gamechanger Gemini Man, plus exclusives on Terminator: Dark Fate and Zombieland: Double Tap. There are also interviews with Kate Beckinsale, Alexandra Daddario and Jean Reno, an on-set report from A Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon and much more.
50 Greatest Comic-Book Movie Villains
This issue of Total Film also comes with a special supplement counting down the 50 greatest comic-book movie villains ever. Featuring megalomaniacal industrialists and fallen heroes, malevolent mentors and calculating masterminds, it’s a surprisingly varied rogues’ gallery. (Note: supplement not available with digital and compact editions).
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