We have our first look at Joaquin Phoenix's unique 'Joker'

Cristina Cross
September 17, 2018

In true mysterious Joker fashion, the director of the standalone Joker origin film starring Joaquin Phoenix, Todd Phillips, posted a tantalizing mug shot of the actor at work on his personal Instagram account.

In the weeks following the announcement that the Old Country for Old Men star would be playing the role, fans set their minds to developing various pieces of fan art imagining what his Joker would look like. Arthur is presumably the name of the Joker before he became the Joker. It is scheduled to be released on October 4, 2019.

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Today, Phillips shared the below photo of Phoenix as the proto-Joker, here named Arthur...reports are that the touchstone inspiration is The King of Comedy, one of the great under-discussed Scorsese films. Baldwin's replacement will join a cast that includes Zazie Beetz (Deadpool 2) as downtrodden single mother Sophie Dumond, and Marc Maron (GLOW), Frances Conroy (American Horror Story) and Robert De Niro (The Godfather: Part II) in unannounced roles.

According to the leaked photos, Joaquin Phoenix's Arthur Fleck has just left Ha-Ha's Talent Booking in Amusement Mile. The pic shows Phoenix looking at the camera, with a slight smile on his visage.

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Previous depictions of the Clown Prince of Crime had the villain originally with the moniker "Jack" as seen in the 1989 Batman film and the 1993 animated film Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. It is the complete opposite of the version that Jared Leto gave to fans, but that look was over-the-top and also turned many fans off.

In a recent interview with Collider, Phoenix promised that the new film defies the convention of a typical comic book movie. It is worth noting that this film will not be associated with the DC film universe.

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