Todd Phillips Unveils First Look At Joaquin Phoenix As The Joker

Todd Phillips Unveils First Look At Joaquin Phoenix As The Joker

The director of Joaquin Phoenix's Joker movie shared our first look at the character. The real name of Joker was earlier leaked as Arthur Fleck.

Titled simply Joker and due for release in October 4th, 2019, the film is directed by Phillips (The Hangover, War Dogs). It's been described as "an exploration of a man disregarded by society that is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale", which is a more interesting interpretation of "gritty and realistic" than "everything's dark and bad guys bleed when you punch them".

"Arthur", Phillips captioned the image of Phoenix, who stares at the camera - unsmiling and without the titular villain's signature clown makeup.

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We know that Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz (Atlanta, Deadpool 2) and Marc Maron (Glow) do have roles. I might not care for the Joker's origins, but considering Phoenix's reputation for playing freakish and dark characters I at least thought that the casting was spot on and that it could prove to be an interesting movie from that perspective.

Check out the pic of Phoenix in pre-Joker mode. And sure, in all likelihood, yes, he's Gotham City's so-called Clown Prince of Crime. It is possible that we will not get the classic Joker look at all in the movie, since Joker is a far cry from other comic-book movies with their inflated budgets and special effects and might not follow comics that faithfully.

On Instagram, on Sunday, September 16, Phillips officially revealed the first photograph of Phoenix in character, looking weathered and sporting a terrible hairstyle. The story takes place in the '80s, outside of the DC Extended Universe series of films. It is the complete opposite of the version that Jared Leto gave to fans, but that look was over-the-top and also turned many fans off.

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