As director Todd Phillips’ Joker makes recent headlines from who has joined the project or left the project (in both cases it was Alec Baldwin, who was supposed to play Thomas Wayne, the father of Batman), he’s definitely placed the focus right back on the film itself with a new video of Joaquin Phoenix transforming into the title character. Additionally, YouTube user 9 Media has included on-location footage taken during production that show’s the pre-Joker Joaquin interacting with a clown.
Check out the video below!
Earlier, on Instagram, Phillips presented what was the first image we’ve had of the actor in character, but without the traditional makeup.
Admittedly, at that time we were hoping for a glimpse of the true Clown Prince of Crime, with full makeup and his purple outfit, but now we’ve gotten much closer to that. All of this, of course, are just teases anyway, with more to come.
Yet as Cesar Romero on the ’60s Batman TV series, Jack Nicholson in 1989’s Batman, Heath Ledger in 2008’s The Dark Knight, and Jared Leto in 2016’s Suicide Squad have proven, the look can definitely vary from interpretation to interpretation. In the Instagram post, Todd refers to the character as “Arthur,” which seems to support the rumored real-life alter ego of the Joker as Arthur Fleck.
From what’s been released so far about the storyline of the film, it’s supposed to be, as noted by Warner Bros., an “exploration of a man disregarded by society that is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.”
Arthur, it seems, starts off as a struggling stand-up comedian, but things go drastically wrong in his life and he ultimately transforms into the Joker. The character’s traditional origin has him in battle with Batman, culminating in his slipping into a vat of chemicals that turns his skin color chalk white, his hair green, and pretty much drives him insane. How they’ll handle things will be interesting as there apparently is no intention of including the Batman character.
The cast includes Zazie Beetz (Domino in Deadpool 2), Robert De Niro, Frances Conroy, Marc Maron, and Bryan Callen. It’s scheduled for release on Oct. 4, 2019.