Alec Baldwin replaced by Brett Cullen in ‘Joker’

Brett Cullen

Brett Cullen Cast as Thomas Wayne in 'The Joker'

However, no more than 48 hours after the initial announcement, Baldwin backed out of Joker and suggested that he may not have been involved in the film to begin with.

The Thomas Wayne fans will meet in Joker is not one described as one aiming for fan-favoritism.

In late August 2018, The Hollywood Reporter published a casting report indicating that Baldwin was set for the role of the "cheesy and tanned businessman ... in the mold of a 1980s Donald Trump".

Initially, Baldwin was more than willing to star in the origin movie, but he chose not to because of scheduling conflicts. Specific details about the film are under-wraps, but rumor has it Phoenix will be playing a failed comedian before becoming the Clown Prince of Crime - an origin previously revealed in Alan Moore and Brian Bolland's iconic, oft-referenced graphic novel Batman: The Killing Joke. "I'm sure there are 25 guys who can play that part". Their murder would inspire Bruce to grow up and become Batman.

Cullen is no stranger to the DC Universe, or even the Batman franchise, as he played Barton Blaze in Ghost Rider and was a congressman in The Dark Knight Rises. "Joker" film, an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap. The movie, which comes out next year, features the likes of Joaquin Phoenix, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, Marc Maron, as well as Robert De Niro. The still untitled Joker movie laughs its way into theaters October 4, 2019.

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