Brett Cullen, who played a small role in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, is coming back to the Bat-universe with a role in Todd Phillips’ Joker.
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As we’ve noted, the cinematic lifetime of various interpretations of Batman’s dad in live-action have been short. But even before that, Alec Baldwin’s time as Thomas Wayne has suddenly become even shorter — he’s just confirmed he’s quit Joker, mere days after being reported as signing on for the film.
There are three certainties in the world that bind us all together, regardless of gender, creed or social status: Death, taxes, and seeing Batman’s parents in live-action comics adaptations. Joker, the Joaquin Phoenix-starring DC spinoff, is just the latest live-action venture in a decades-long line to carry on that esteemed tradition.