Joker opens to seriously mixed reviews

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Joker opens to seriously mixed reviews

Movie moguls are delighted Britain’s Prime Minister has agreed to take the starring role in a forthcoming super-villain sequel.

Joker is set to be one of the box office smash hits of the year when it’s released next month. In previews, critics have heaped praise on Joaquin Phoenix for his portrayal of the lead character Arthur Fleck – AKA Joker.

However despite Phoenix’s strong performance, the actor has been dropped from the planned sequel as film executives have secured the signing of the Prime Minister.

Arts correspondent Simon Sutton said the story of a sinister clown driven to criminality through failing to succeed in his dream job was tailor-made for Mr Johnson.

“This is the role Boris was born to play,” Mr Sutton enthused.

Joker 2 will see the arch-villain become mayor of a fictional town called Brexdinium. Fleck spends the entire two hours of screen time laughing hysterically and clapping his hands in glee as he drives a clown bus packed full of Brexdinium citizens over a cliff’s edge.

“Boris has got just the right balance between hidden menace and slapstick comedy to make the character frighteningly believable,” said Mr Sutton.

“Initially the film’s producers had wanted Dominic Cummings to take the part. However they soon realised he was way too scary.

“Cummings auditioned for the role. Unfortunately at his test screening, none of the members of the audience hung around long enough to provide feedback. They’d already stampeded out of the cinema in what became the world’s biggest ever recorded case of mass hysteria.”

Many political journalists have questioned how Mr Johnson will be able to fit in the hectic filming schedule for Joker 2 with his busy political career.

However Mr Sutton said the producers don’t think that’ll be a problem.

“The way things are going, Boris won’t be at Downing Street for much longer.”

(Additional Material: Tom Radford)
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