Releasing today from Insight Editions is Joker: The Official Script Book (available now via Amazon) and Batman: The Official Script Book (pick it up via Amazon). These collectibles are hardcover books that include the complete shooting scripts for their respective films and are an excellent pick-me-up for any fan of two of DC’s greatest films of all time.
Both books are pretty similar, they’re the same height, have similar covers showing the faces of the titular characters in each movie, and look great next to each other (so I’d recommend getting them both as they pair quite well together). Both screenplays are prefaced with directorial interviews with Todd Phillips’ Joker the interview goes a little further than Reeves’ thoughts on Batman at nearly 30 pages, which is nice considering how much longer the script itself is for Reeves’ film. Both writer-directors provide great insight into their creative process and what they found most interesting about operating within the superhero genre.
As for the script itself, they are lovingly present with color stills included from iconic scenes such as Arthur Fleck’s stand-up comedy act and Batman’s intense moments with Catwoman. These look great and there are also some promotional images included in each book, making this much more than just a wall of text. As a fan of each film, I really enjoyed reading the descriptive text for scenes in each film and seeing how much each director had imagined during the writing process and how carefully planned each part of these films is.
Batman the script book even includes the “Unseen Prisoner” scene that was deleted from the film. We’ve all seen it by now, it’s the scene that shows Barry Keoghan’s Joker – a perfect setup for an eventual sequel. Including that scene is a really nice move and makes it a real treat for hardcore fans of the Caped Crusader’s latest film.
It’s also fun to compare the writing styles of Reeves and Batman co-author Peter Craig for Phillips and Joker co-author Scott Silver. Reeves and Craig use lots of bold and underlined text to emphasize the most important moments in each scene. In the meantime Joker‘s script is closer to an actual novel you’d read, albeit with plenty of immersion and the dialogue you’d expect from a movie. It’s really interesting to see how the creative processes differ – and sometimes are similar – for each visionary.
Fans of the respective fans can’t go wrong picking up Batman and Joker manuscript books. Insight Editions has done a great job of giving these scripts the premium package with solid hardcovers, great interviews with the directors, and great stills from each film to give context to the scenes you read about. It’s a great way to see what goes into making both films and will look great on any collector’s shelf.
Disclosure: ComingSoon received a copy of the product from the publisher for us Joker: The Official Script Book and Batman: The Official Script Book review.