The superhero genre has tried its hand at various different tones in these last yearsbut the next Joker the sequel really swings for the fences. Last night saw the startling news that Joker: Madness for two will not only be Lady Gaga cast in a role that is probably his most notable girlfriend Harley Quinn, it will also be a musical! Yes, for real!
Superheroes and musicals don’t exactly have a winning track record, at least in the real world. Although it was a few decades back, the phrase “musical superhero” will most often conjure up images from those musical episodes of the flash and Batman: The Brave and the Bold. And if it’s not those, it will be Spider-Man: Turn off the dark, and there is little need to continue at this point. A Joker the sequel was already going to get attention, for better or for worse, but making this movie a musical? It’ll be an interesting experience, if nothing else, and will earn some points for originality, simply because no one has ever made a superhero movie like this before. Since musicals do pretty well at the box office each time they come out, it’s a great time to see what happens when one wildly melodramatic genre collides with another.
In 2020, we gave our suggestions for the comic book stars who should headline the musicals. This time we want to know which cartoon character you think would be ideal for a musical. The most obvious, to me at least, would be the Inhumans: after all, if your main character is a guy who can’t talk, lest his voice destroy anything in his path, why not make sure whether it’s the big hook before letting him deliver a breathtaking solo at the very end? Beyond them, the Teen Titans would be a good fit, since the cartoons have already proven that many times over the past few years. Maybe Jack Kirby’s Fourth World?
Let us know which superheroes (or villains!) you think are musical material in the comments below.
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