First Look at Joaquin Phoenix as The Joker

Bessie Dean
September 18, 2018

Joaquin Phoenix is Arthur Fleck in the first official image of the actor from the set of Joker.

Aside from the 1989 Batman movie, which presented an origin story for the character as a mob gangster named Jack Napier, the Joker typically hasn't been shown as having a traditional backstory. Instead of the smirk that Phoenix had on his face in the initial image, this piece shows his character frowning, but there is a red smile painted over top of the photo.

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"The Martin Scorsese produced film that's titled simply as "Joker" will be set apart from the current set of DC films ('Man of Steel", "Batman v Superman", "Suicide Squad", "Wonder Woman" and "Suicide Squad").

Though the film's plot is under wraps, the post suggests it will be an origin story that starts further back than we've ever seen The Joker on screen. But Phoenix's performance is the one aspect I'm least anxious about - this "crime drama" take on a classic villain still perplexes me even as new set photos and first looks start rolling out. "I wouldn't say it's a superhero movie, or a studio movie or a..." It's believed that the aforementioned talent agency is run by Marc Maron's character in the Joker film. The Joker is still scheduled to release on October 4 of next year, so it doesn't seem to be a casting issue they are too anxious about. It feels unique, and I think more then anything, and probably the most important thing, is Todd seems very passionate about it and very giving, and so that's exciting. I really can see definite shades of the Joker in him here, even though this is clearly before the makeup and costume. Phillips co-wrote the film with Scott Silver (The Fighter, 8 Mile).

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