‘Joker: Folie à Deux’ Teaser Confirms Release Date and Lady Gaga Casting

It’s been a controversial week for WB and DC. With everything going on with Batgirl, and something of a lackluster showing at Comic-Con, the studio needed to drop some big news. And admittedly news for the sequel to the $1B grossing Joker is big.

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‘Joker’ Sequel to be a Musical and Co-Star Lady Gaga

Last week, director Todd Phillips took to Instagram to reveal work has begun on the follow-up to his 2019 Academy Award-winning film, Joker. Without caption, the director simply posted the cover of the screenplay — intriguingly subtitled “Folie à Deux” — and a photo of Joaquin Phoenix reading the script.

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Michael Uslan Returns to Share His Journey Bringing Batman to the Big Screen

Every four years, we like to check in with Batman mega-producer Michael Uslan. Back in 2014, we did a two-part interview about the 25th anniversary of Tim Burton’s Batman 89 and the legacy of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. Four years later, he and I recorded a podcast over lunch during San Diego Comic-Con. Now, on the heels of yet another genre-defining blockbuster, Uslan is back to share his story with the NOC.

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Why So Serious? Deleted Scene from ‘The Batman’ Revealed

One of the ways The Dark Knight changed the game for superhero movies in 2008 was through its innovative viral marketing strategy. Taking full advantage of nascent social media platforms, Nolan’s Batman sequel used the internet to immerse fans in the world of Gotham. Matt Reeves’ The Batman has been taking a similar approach in its use of the internet to market. And today’s reveal is the culminating event it’s all been building toward.

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NOC Exclusive Clip: When Marquis Met Alice on ‘Batwoman’

After a three-week hiatus, The CW roster of DCTV is making its way back to our television and streams. Especially anticipated is the return of Batwoman — where so much has happened this season. Ryan’s (Javicia Leslie) newfound brother Marquis (Nick Creegan) has taken on the role as the new Joker. And, the only way to reinstate his empathy is through another buzz from the previous Joker’s special joy buzzer. That’s comic-book logic for you!

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Nick Creegan on Becoming the New Joker of ‘Batwoman’

It’s been a tough time for Batwoman, AKA Ryan Wilder. Not only has she lost her best friend Mary the Plant Side of Poison Ivy, but her newly discovered brother Marquis has turned out to be a maniac who wants to ruin her life and cause chaos. Ironically due to an incident with the original Joker in his childhood, he has become the new Joker threatening Gotham City. But is there more to Marquis beneath the surface? And is there a chance for Ryan to save him?

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NOC Interview: Cameron Monaghan on All Things ‘Shameless’

Cameron Monaghan brought the character of Ian Gallagher to life on Showtime’s hit series, Shameless. The series aired for a total of 11 seasons after originally premiering in 2011. It ranked as the network’s no. 1 comedy, longest-running series, and had the youngest-skewing audience of any Showtime series. Monaghan also joined two legendary universes with roles in both Gotham and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, which I got to ask him about too!

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‘Justice League’ Side-By-Side

Today is the day. Zack Snyder’s Justice League has finally been released to HBO Max and people can now see the director’s four-hour magnum opus as he bids adieu to the DC Universe. And while a lot has been made about the restored scenes and characters that were left on the cutting room floor of the theatrical edition, I was most struck by the differences between shots that appear in both versions. Below you will find side-by-side comparisons of several of these scenes.

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NOC Review: The Snyder Cut is Good, Actually

Long time readers of this site will know that I have a a complicated history with Zack Snyder’s take on DC’s most iconic characters. While my opinion on his first foray, Man of Steel1, has waxed and waned over the years, I’ve never been able to see Batman v Superman as anything more than a convoluted mess of bombast and pretension feigning to be more profound than it actually was (Batman’s fight in the warehouse was cool, I guess). Moreover, the ferocity of the online debate about these films — both the religiosity of Snyder’s fans and the unnecessary cruelty of his detractors — turned me off to the whole enterprise. Talking about these movies on the internet was not worth the hassle or the harassment (says the guy who actively engaged in online arguments defending The Last Jedi for at least three years).

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Hard NOC Life 204: Why So Serious

Dominic and Keith are discussing the latest WandaVision, speculating about Monica Rambeau’s future in the MCU, breaking down the Snyder Cut trailer (and its associated Joker memes), revisiting the De La Soul episode of Teen Titans GO!, and getting hyped for digital-first comics set in the Burton and Donner cinematic universes.

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Matt Reeves Teases Robert Pattinson as ‘The Batman’

It’s that time of year again where I become irrationally excited for a Batman movie. Last night on twitter, director Matt Reeves sent out a link to camera test footage for his new movie and lit the entire internet on fire.

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Hard NOC Life: ‘Birds of Prey’ and a Fantabulous Night at the Oscars

On a brand new episode of Hard NOC Life, Dominic and Keith celebrate the best DC movie ever made, Birds of Prey (that’s right, we said it!)

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15 Things We Learned from the Set of ‘Birds of Prey’

With the holidays around the corner, what better way to celebrate than with news from the anticipated Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn. The Nerds of Color was invited to the set of Birds of Prey this past April to explore the dangerously fun production of the all-women led “superhero” movie and chat with the cast and creatives of the film. 

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The Fate of Black Women in ‘Joker’

Be warned, this is a spoiler-heavy article.

When I saw Joker at the Toronto International Film Festival, the main question I wanted answered was: Do the Black people die in this movie? Spoiler alert: they don’t. At least not on screen. Clearly, the director, Todd Phillips, knew what it would look like if they were to die by the Joker’s hand (even if he doesn’t seem to quite know how to do a press tour). But that doesn’t mean all is well for positive representation in the widely divisive movie. 

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Enter to Win Free Passes to ‘Joker,’ Courtesy of WB and Fandango

Are you ready for some killer jokes?

To celebrate the release of Joker, we’ve teamed up with Warner Bros. and Fandango to provide free passes to the showing of your choice at any theater! Winners will receive a voucher good for two people.

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Inside the Madness of ‘Joker,’ a Conversation with Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix

Earlier this month, The Nerds of Color, along with several other members of the press, were invited to partake in the madness that is Joker, with a screening of the film and mini-panel with director Todd Phillips (The Hangover trilogy, War DogsOld School) and the Clown Prince of Crime himself, Joaquin Phoenix. Together they tackled what it was like to put this project together, and about what it is that separates this film from so many previous comic book adaptations. Here’s what they had to say. (NOTE: Possible light spoilers ahead! Be warned!)

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NOC Review: Wait ‘Til They Get a Load of This ‘Joker’

Hey NOCs! My camera is on the fritz so until I get things fixed, I’ll be going back to written reviews for a bit, starting with our review of Joker, which debuts today at the 76th Venice International Film Festival. Minor spoilers ahead!

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The Joker is Having a Moment

This morning, while all of you were trying (and mostly failing) to buy Avengers: Endgame tickets, Warner Bros. quietly dropped the first official poster for this fall’s Joker — with the first trailer set to drop any minute now. (UPDATED April 3, 2019 — trailer is below!) How’s that for the Day After April Fool’s?

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