'The Joker' Test Footage Reveals Joaquin Phoenix's Disturbingly Simple Clown Prince of Crime

'The Joker' Test Footage Reveals Joaquin Phoenix's Disturbingly Simple Clown Prince of Crime
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Not content with just giving us scenes from the set or basic test footage, director Todd Phillips took to his Instagram account on Friday to offer up another camera test teaser of Joaquin Phoenix in The Untitled Joker Movie / The Joker – except this one's a little more befitting of the lead. Set to the tune of The Guess Who's 1969 song Laughing, Phillips offers us a brief look at "Arthur's" (Phoenix) tragic destiny. Co-written by Phillips and The Fighter's Scott Silver, The Untitled Joker Movie / The Joker is being described as a gritty character study but also a broader cautionary tale of a man disregarded by society who becomes the ultimate supervillain.

With what appears to be a very disturbing cross between the '60's Joker, The Dark Knight's Joker, and a Doctor who would've fit in somewhere between Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy, here's a look at Phillips' Instagram post:

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Set for release on October 4, 2019, The Untitled Joker Movie / The Joker stars Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Marc Maron, and Josh Pais.

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In a July 2018 interview with Collider, Phoenix touched upon how the film will have a uniqueness to it that will make it tough to classify as one genre or the other:

"I wouldn't quite classify this as like any genre. I wouldn't say it's a superhero movie, or a studio movie or a … It feels unique, and I think more then anything, and probably the most important thing, is Todd seems very passionate about it and very giving, and so that's exciting. I think, underneath the excitement of these films, and the size of them, there are these incredible characters that are dealing with real life struggles. And sometimes that is uncovered and exposed, and sometimes it isn't, and so I always felt, like, there were characters in comics that were really interesting and deserve the opportunity to be kind of studied. And so I think that's what Todd sees appealing about this idea."

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About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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