Remember That Time Joaquin Phoenix was Superboy? No Really!

Hot on the heels of our first teaser for Todd Phillips‘ upcoming Joker film for Warner Bros. Pictures starring Joaquin Phoenix as a very different Clown Prince of Crime- a blast from the late 80’s television past.

Remember That Time Joaquin Phoenix was Superboy? No Really!
Meet Leaf Phoenix, aka young Joaquin.

Once upon a time ago, there was a CBAS tv series called Superboy, that ran from 1988-1992. In first season episode 20 “Little Hercules” (there are actually 100 episodes total of the show), main characters Clark (John Newton) and TJ (Jamie Calvert) visit a young high school genius named Billy Hercules (Leaf Phoenix, aka Joaquin) who has been offered a scholarship by Shuster University. Clark befriends the boy, with whom he can relate as both are different and out of place.

Remember That Time Joaquin Phoenix was Superboy? No Really!

There is a dream sequence that takes place, and Phoenix (who looks almost EXACTLY like his brother River Phoenix during this time) dons a supersuit reminicent of Helen Slater‘s Supergirl costume.

It’s kind of adorable, in sort of a cringe-worthy way.

Phillips’ Joker is set to hit theaters on October 4th 2019.

About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool.



Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 



Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence. 



Though she be but little, she is fierce. #MabTheProfessional