The Joker Movie: Todd Phillips Reveals Joaquin Phoenix's Clown Prince Of Crime

Eloise Marshall
September 17, 2018

Phillips is known for helming The Hangover comedy trilogy. The Joker has, of course, used many aliases over the years, but most have always involved a "J" somewhere (Jack Napier, Jack White etc.), so it's something of a departure for this incarnation to omit the letter entirely.

The now untitled movie is described as "an exploration of a man disregarded by society that is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale".

The photo uploaded by Phillips on Instagram is captioned simply, "Arthur".

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Reddit user cameron_w_robertson created the "quick mashup", transforming Arthur into the Clown Prince of Crime. 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!"

Ready for a rather mesmerizing first look at Joaquin Phoenix in the Joker movie? Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy and Marc Maron also star. It also boasts a modest $55 million price tag, which is significantly lower than most other tentpole flicks in the genre. Gone is the make up and dyed green hair, and instead, Phoenix looks dishevelled in drab clothing. Filming is set in NYC and hopes to bring forth the Joker origin story thereby lacking in DC's film canon.

In a recent interview with Collider, Phoenix promised that the new film defies the convention of a typical comic book movie.

The movie is slated for an October 4, 2019 release.

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