How interesting. According to, we have another actor who has stepped in for the role of Thomas Wayne in the untitled Joker film. The part had been vacated by SNL alum Alec Baldwin, only a few days after it had been announced that he was cast. But it appears that director Todd Phillips has chosen Brett Cullen as our next billionaire patriarch. The actor may look familiar to Bat-fans, as he played Congressman Byron Gilley in The Dark Knight Rises. We’re keeping it in the Bat-family, everyone!

According to the report, Cullen will be playing a “less friendly iteration” of the character. It’s unclear whether it will be a “Trump-like businessman” as it was previously reported with Baldwin’s casting or not. What we do know is that the film is expected to feature a younger Bruce Wayne, before he puts on the cape and cowl. However, we still don’t know how Wayne ties into the story of Arthur/Joker (Joaquin Phoenix). It’s also unclear if Bruce will have any involvement in the story or will remain a glorified cameo appearance. Either way, we now know for certain that Thomas Wayne will have a part to play in the story.

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Interestingly enough, the actors being cast as Wayne have been in their 60s. Why is this iteration of Thomas much older? Will this play into his dichotomy with Arthur? I’m incredibly intrigued. It is a bit disappointing that the character will be such a sleaze, but at the same time, it’s incredibly refreshing. We’ve only ever had the White Knight version, where he sacrifices himself to save his family or the vigilante version, where the death of his son turns him into a killing-version of Batman. I’m curious to see where they’re going with his appearance. Hopefully we get some more images soon!

What do you think of the casting news? Are you looking forward to Brett Cullen joining the film? Let us know! Be sure to come back to Geek Girl Authority for more DC film news. The untitled Joker film is set to debut in the fall of 2019.


Erin Lynch