Alec Baldwin cast as Batman’s father in ‘Joker’

Alec Baldwin. Photo: Flickr/Gage Skidmore

Aug. 28 (UPI) — Alec Baldwin is set to portray the father of Batman, Thomas Wayne, in DC’s upcoming Joker origin film starring Joaquin Phoenix in the title role.

Baldwin’s version of Thomas Wayne is described as a tanned businessman in the same vein as a 1980’s rendition of Donald Trump, noted The Hollywood Reporter citing sources.

Baldwin has famously portrayed Trump on “Saturday Night Live.”

Thomas Wayne, in the comics, is gunned down alongside his wife Martha Wayne in front of their son Bruce Wayne which later inspires the boy to become Batman. Thomas Wayne is normally presented as being a physician and a philanthropist within Gotham City.

Baldwin joins a cast which also includes Robert De Niro, “Glow” star Marc Maron, Zazie Beetz of “Deadpool 2” fame and Frances Conroy.

“Joker,” from director Todd Phillips (“The Hangover,” “War Dogs”), who co-wrote the film with Scott Silver, is set to arrive in theaters on Oct. 4, 2019. Production will begin in September, Deadline reported.

“Joker” is described as being a gritty character study with a dark tone. The film will take place outside of DC’s extended film universe and would help launch a new DC Comics banner at Warner Bros. that will allow the studio to tell unique comic book stories using different actors in the the title roles.

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