Joker: Brett Cullen Replacing Alec Baldwin As Batman's Father

Angelo Anderson
September 19, 2018

Joker has moved from point A to point B in the casting process - literally. However, Baldwin quickly dropped out of the film and vacated the role.

The Thomas Wayne fans will meet in Joker is not one described as one aiming for fan-favoritism. Now, Brett Cullen has reportedly been tapped to take over the part of Batman's dad.

"I'm no longer doing that movie", Baldwin told USA Today in late August.

That's the news from TheWrap this evening, confirming that Cullen, a seasoned Hollywood veteran whose credits span everything from The Shallows to Red Dawn to The Dark Knight Rises, has landed the role of Thomas Wayne in Joker. Cullen was also Barton Blaze in the first Ghost Rider, and Goodwin Stanhope on Lost. The film stars Joaquin Phoenix as the Clown Prince of Crime.

This version of Thomas Wayne is said "to be a less friendly iteration", and previous reports had said he would be "a cheesy and tanned businessman who is more in the mold of a 1980s Donald Trump". He is the father of Bruce Wayne - who is Batman - husband of Martha Wayne and was a gifted physician and philanthropist in Gotham City. When he and his wife are murdered, Bruce Wayne is inspired to become Batman and fight crime. You're probably familiar with this, since it's an origin story that has been retold on screen many, many times. 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. This entire project remains a bit baffling, and yet, this cast is too good to ignore. The film will be released on October 4, 2019, with production set to begin in NY in September.

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