Joaquin Phoenix's 'Joker' Is A Creepy Psychological Thriller
The trailer for Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix as the deranged supervillain, has just landed and promises a disturbing psychological origin story.
Joker is an upcoming psychological thriller created by Warner Bros. that explores the early life of the villain as his narrative spirals to create the insane, malevolent character that later wreaks havoc on the DC Comics world.
The film is directed by Todd Phillips (director of the Hangover series and War Dogs) and stars Phoenix as well as Robert De Niro, Frances Conroy, Marc Maron, and Zazie Beetz.
Rumours of Phoenix's adaptation of the Joker character have been circulating for several years; the actor originally sought to create a "lower budget" film that was a character study of a comic book villain and took on the project with Phillips after a similar idea was floated at Warner Bros.
Speaking about the film to Collider, Phoenix said he "wouldn't quite classify this as like any genre. I wouldn't say it's a superhero movie or a studio movie...It feels unique."
The trailer shows the Joker's early experiences with violence on the streets, as well as his obsession with becoming a clown character -- "My mother always tells me to smile and put on a happy face," he says in the opening scene.
The trailer is packed with disturbing imagery of Arkham Asylum, cheap clown costumes, and Phoenix's contorted body as he descends into madness.
The film is due for release in October of this year.