Production is now underway on Todd Phillips’ Joker origin film starring Joaquin Phoenix in the titular role. Last week we got our first glimpse at Phoenix’s character prior to his transformation into the Clown Prince of Crime. Now, Phillips has shared a camera test in which we get
a look at Phoenix in full Joker makeup.
The simple shot captioned “Arthur,” featured Phoenix with disheveled hair and plainclothes, leering at the camera. Knowing that the new film will be an origin story, it all makes sense, but we couldn’t help but pine for a look at the Joker as we know (and fear) him. Luckily, director Todd Phillips has given us a part two in the form of an unsettling new clip.
In the short video, which Phillips posted on Instagram, Phoenix aka Arthur stands there while Guess Who’s “Laughing” plays in the background as we pull in, flashes of clown footage project onto his face. Finally, just when we get close enough to be very uncomfortable, we get our payoff: the grease-painted nightmare, grinning in all his glory.
It will be interesting to see how fans react.
Titled simply Joker and due for release on October 4th, 2019, the film is directed by Phillips (The Hangover, War Dogs). Phillips teamed up with Scott Silver (8 Mile) to write a script described as an,
Exploration of a man disregarded by society [that] is not only a gritty character study but also a broader cautionary tale.”
As such, the film is meant to be darker and more experimental in tone and content than previous DC comic book films. It also boasts a modest $55 million price tag, which is significantly lower than most other tentpole flicks in the genre.
Along with Phoenix, the film stars Zazie Beetz, who plays a single mother who catches the eye of the future Clown Prince of Crime, and Robert DeNiro, who is cast to play a talk show host who is somehow instrumental in the Joker’s origin.
Spoiler Alert: Production began this month in New York. Martin Scorcese is the one producing the movie.
It seems to fall somewhere between Heath Ledger's Dark Knight look and just flat-out circus clown. Do you guys think the same or it’s just me. Let me know in the comments section below.