First Look at Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker

A lot of speculation has been made about just how Joaquin Phoenix would appear and approach the role of Joker. Now we have our first look at the character in the upcoming Todd Phillips directed film.

Per Rolling Stone:

The film’s director Todd Phillips shared a picture of the make-up less Phoenix in character as simply “Arthur” on his Instagram; it was previously revealed that Phoenix’s character would be named Arthur Fleck in the film. The movie will be an origin story of the villain who was previously portrayed on the big screen by Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger and, most recently, Jared Leto.

“Under the direction of Todd Phillips, the film centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone story not seen before on the big screen,” the film’s synopsis states. Phillips’ exploration of a man disregarded by society is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.

The film is rumored to be apart of DC’s new brand of standalone films that won’t connect to the already pre-existing DC Films. Check out more images from the Joker film below:

The Joker movie, produced by Martin Scorsese and reportedly inspired by that filmmaker’s King of Comedy and Taxi Driver, is due out in October 2019.