First Look at Joaquin Phoenix as The Joker Revealed

17 September, 2018, 11:00 | Author: Dominic Spencer
  • Todd Phillips Reveals First Look at Joaquin Phoenix in ‘Joker’ Movie

On Sunday, Todd Phillips, director of the yet-to-be-titled Joker movie, posted a picture of Phoenix on Instagram, with the caption "Arthur".

One thing appears to be clear from both Philips' official first look at Phoenix's Joker as well as these leaked photos is that Philips is drawing heavy influence from Heath Ledger's Joker including the costume design. Though his character Arthur Fleck is not yet donning the Joker's trademark makeup in the footage, the clown element of his arc is already foreshadowed via both the merry-go-round in the background and the red-nosed amusing man who confronts him. As Joker himself says in Alan Moore and Brian Bolland's The Killing Joke (which this movie may take some inspiration from), "If I'm going to have a past, I prefer it to be multiple choice!"

If what you're seeing isn't what you were expecting of Batman's greatest nemesis, that's because this film tells the story of how Arthur turned villainous. De Niro has been cast in the Joker movie, reportedly as a talk show host.

To film buffs tired of the many superhero tropes within the genre, Phoenix reassured Collider that it was unlike anything before it.


DC's upcoming project based around the iconic Batman villain was wise to select an actor of Joaquin Phoenix's quality.

"I think, underneath the excitement of these films, and the size of them, there are these incredible characters that are dealing with real life struggles".

Warner Bros has set October 4, 2019, for its Joker origins movie starring Joaquin Phoenix.

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