Todd Phillips Reveals First Look at Joaquin Phoenix in ‘Joker’ Movie

Todd Phillips Reveals First Look at Joaquin Phoenix in ‘Joker’ Movie

'Joker': First Look at Joaquin Phoenix in Character

Director Todd Philips just gave us our first look at Joaquin Phoenix's Joker character, and now we are getting a number of set photos showing Phoenix on set.

Joaquin Phoenix as "Arthur" in The Joker.

Set photos earlier today from the DC origin film showed Phoenix in-character during filming messing around with a circus clown as the eagerly anticipated movie enters principal photography. For, uh, certain variations of cute. It's technically not even confirmed that Phoenix is this movie's Joker, just that he's the star. At one point, Alec Baldwin was set to join the cast, but dropped out last minute.

Phillips' spin on the iconic character is said to borrow inspiration from Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, and is rumored to reveal the character was tormented in his youth.

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Previous depictions of the Clown Prince of Crime had the villain originally with the moniker "Jack" as seen in the 1989 Batman film and the 1993 animated film Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. According to insiders, the script has ties to De Niro's film "King of Comedy", about a failing comedian (De Niro) who kidnaps a popular talk-show host to gain fame.

To film buffs tired of the many superhero tropes within the genre, Phoenix reassured Collider that it was unlike anything before it. When it comes to superhero movies, Phoenix believes that there are often real-life scenarios that attribute to how these extraordinary characters end up, and sometimes they are highlighted, and other times they are not.

See the first look image below.

It is scheduled to be released on October 4, 2019.

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