AILSA CHANG, HOST:
How does Hollywood keep the momentum going after a summer that gave the world “Avengers: Endgame” and four other billion-dollar hits? Apparently, not with superheroes. Here’s Bob Mondello with his fall movie preview.
BOB MONDELLO, BYLINE: Three months until Thanksgiving and not a soul wearing spandex. How will the industry survive? There will, let’s note, be a super villain, the Joker, but his movie catches him before he’s terribly super.
(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, “JOKER”)
JOAQUIN PHOENIX: (As Joker) My mother always tells me to smile and put on a happy face.
MONDELLO: Just a disaffected guy in a clown get-up – but if folks flying in capes will be in short supply, movie stars will still be flying in special effects movies, sometimes into outer space.
(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, “AD ASTRA”)