The Daily Populous

Saturday April 18th, 2020 night edition

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With last year’s Joker, Joaquin Phoenix took a character made iconic many times over and reinvented it once again in an indelible – and Oscar-winning – new shape.

Alas, Aronofsky’s Bat-vision wasn’t to be – but in the new issue of Empire he opened up about his plans at the time, and how far they differed from those of the studio.

As it turns out, Warner Bros fancied a much more clean-cut Bruce Wayne.

“The studio wanted Freddie Prinze Jr and I wanted Joaquin Phoenix,” he recalls.

“I remember thinking, 'Uh oh, we're making two different films here.'

The Batman I wrote was definitely a way different type of take than they ended up making.”.

Apparently even the hard-boiled writer was shocked by how dark Aronofsky was looking to go, with Batman veering into torture territory. »

Two-thirds of Americans worry states will lift restrictions on public activity too quickly: poll

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About two-thirds of Americans worry that state governments will lift their restrictions on public activity too quickly following the coronavirus outbreak, according to a poll released Thursday.

Pew Research Center’s poll found 66 percent of respondents were concerned states will reopen public activity too quickly, compared to 32 percent who are more concerned they won’t reopen quickly enough.

An overwhelming majority of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents in the poll, 81 percent, said they were concerned about a premature reopening of public life, while Republican respondents were more split. »

MIT’s AI predicts catastrophe if social distancing restrictions relax too soon

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This good news, however, comes with a dire warning: relaxing quarantine measures too soon will be catastrophic.

It turns out the machine was able to accurately predict the curve in all the countries it had data for.

However, the report clearly demonstrates that we should not interpret this is as the right time to relax current quarantine and social distancing measures:. »