The Joker origin movie continues to baffle us. Directed by The Hangover 1-3 helmer Todd Phillips, the yet-to-be-titled film will star Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker, and co-star Marc Maron, who famously disdains superhero movies. Variety says it’ll maybe co-star Rober De Niro as a talk show host, who drives an average man to Clown Prince of Crime madness. And it won’t tie into the DCEU or end Jared Leto’s work as the Hot Topic version of the Joker. What does it all mean? We still have no idea. The plot is under wraps, but Phillips threw out another nonsensical piece of the puzzle yesterday when he released the first official image of his out-of-costume Joker, and called him “Arthur.”
Dustin shared the first official image in PLove.
Also online is this footage, in which a cigarette-smoking Phoenix approaches a clown on the street, laughs at him and then plucks off his red nose.
First footage of Joaquin Pheonix on set of 'Joker' 🤡 pic.twitter.com/0NJMC5pszL— Culture Crave 🎥 (@CultureCrave) September 17, 2018
So what’re people saying about the latest version of Batman’s most iconic nemesis? We took to Twitter to find out.
This is the first look at Joaquin Phoenix as The Joker. It’s also the second look at Javier Bardem in “No Country For Old Men” https://t.co/PMY3Oo9u0q— Dave Landau (@LandauDave) September 17, 2018
Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker gives me strong Jack Nicholson vibes pic.twitter.com/bPYucxgeYS— Luke Mears (@Serum_Lake) September 16, 2018
I love that the new Joker is just a white guy with this haircut because honestly? Terrifying. pic.twitter.com/ffQ3APk3ST— anne v clark 🇭🇷 (@annevclark) September 17, 2018
First look at Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker. pic.twitter.com/E5zQtXQKGD— Ben Acker (@bnacker) September 17, 2018
Y’all are gonna absolutely destroy Jered Leto when the Joaquin Phoenix Joker film comes out and I’m honestly not ready for it.— Rob Julien (@WayTooWitty) September 17, 2018
I have a feeling Joaquin Phoenix will challenge Heath Ledger's performance as The Joker. Maybe, just maybe, a better one.— KNB (@nizambakeri) September 17, 2018
The Joker is like Colonel Sanders for dramatic actors.— Matt Roller (@rolldiggity) September 17, 2018
would really wish people would stop calling those joker pics "iconic"— Matt (@Matt_FOS) September 17, 2018
its fucking Joaquin Phoenix in a sweater for fuck sake.
Well since most of the fandom is asleep can I just say how overwhelming boring these joker images are? Like I don’t get the hype from these pics at all. I’m interested in the movie but these images? Like he’s just a creepy dude walking down the street..that’s literally it— ⚡️Nick Crocker⚡️ (@truemanofsteel_) September 17, 2018
Joaquin Phoenix as The Joker?— ella (@whimsicalellaa) September 17, 2018
Say no more.
I'm already in the theatre.
me: a joker movie is mad dumb who gives a fuck about tht slimey clown— diamond (@ezrallxn) September 16, 2018
joaquin phoenix: *is just standing there looking like a goddamn psychopath*
me: im listening…
Okay okay okay the hype I feel for Joaquin Phoenix and Todd Phillips Joker movie is almost the same level as the hype I felt for Batman v Superman, nothing has come close to that until now for me 😭😭— dennis (@cookiedusterden) September 16, 2018
I'm just so tired. pic.twitter.com/2d3so0ZW9s— Joanna Robinson (@jowrotethis) September 16, 2018
This Joker movie is scheduled to hit theaters October 4, 2019. I can’t wait. Not so much for the movie, but for TK, our dedicated superhero movie-reviewing overlord, to have to be subjected to it.
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