Why so not-covered-in-face-tattoos, Joaquin?
Director Todd Phillips‚ÄĒof The Hangover franchise; never forget‚ÄĒhas revealed the first official photo of Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker in his upcoming origin movie. And he‚Äôs, y‚Äôknow, pretty normal looking.
That‚Äôs, of course, compared to the first official shot of Jared Leto as Joker prior to the release of Suicide Squad. Sharp-eyed viewers may be able to recognise the subtle differences between the two.
Still, we‚Äôre going to assume Phoenix‚Äôs version of the Joker‚ÄĒnamed “Arthur Fleck”‚ÄĒwon‚Äôt remain this regular-looking for long (unless Phillips is really going to lean into the threatening use of his corduroy jacket).
As previously reported, Phillips and Phoenix‚Äôs Joker movie will be a “gritty” tale that explores “a man disregarded by society”. It should be considered completely separate to the other Joker flick still being developed by Warner Bros. and DC, still starring Leto and likely Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, despite the fact that Leto‚Äôs much-mocked take on the character similarly left him disregarded by society.
You‚Äôll see Phoenix‚Äôs take on the character in cinemas first, as it‚Äôs due out October of 2019.
It’s still not known if Batman will make an appearance alongside Phoenix, but keep this cheeky observation from Kevin Smith in mind:
The untitled film also stars Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz and Marc Maron. Beware his corduroy outwear!
(Earlier this month, we interviewed Lynne Ramsay, director of Phoenix‚Äôs You Were Never Really Here, who said the actor was “deep in character [as the Joker] now.”¬†Read more here.)
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