Alec Baldwin Drops Out Of Joker Movie Already

Once again, Batman has lost his father.

Just days after being tapped to play Batman's father, Thomas Wayne, in Todd Phillips' Joker origin story, it appears Alec Baldwin has already dropped out.

Nope, we're not joking.

Despite the casting being confirmed by Warner Bros, Baldwin jumped onto Twitter to firmly state "This is not happening".

The actor also told USA Today that he was pulling out of the film due to "scheduling issues", adding, "I'm sure there are 25 guys who can play that part".

The casting backflip comes just a few days after Baldwin was announced to be playing Thomas Wayne, Bruce's father, who was to be reimagined as a "cheesy, tanned businessman" who The Hollywood Reporter likened to a 1980s Donald Trump.

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Traditionally, Thomas Wayne is portrayed as a philanthropist who dedicates his life to believing the best in people and attempting to make Gotham City a better place. Thomas and his wife Martha are gunned down in front of Bruce in a mugging gone wrong, which inspires their son into his life of caped crusading.

Phillips, who will direct and co-write the film alongside Scott Silver -- will centre around Batman's iconic foe, and the exploration of what drives a man to a life of crime and poorly applied lipstick.

Joaquin Phoenix is set to star as the Joker with Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, and Marc Maron also confirmed as part of the cast. At least, for now...

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