Joaquin Phoenix is finally stepping out with “The Joker.” Joker is an upcoming American psychological thriller film distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures and based on the DC Comics character Joker. It is intended to be the first film in a series of DC-based films separate from the DC Extended Universe.
The trailer shows Phoenix’s Arthur Fleck as a dejected man stumbling through the streets of Gotham. “My mother always tells me to smile and put on a happy face — she told me I had a purpose to bring laughter and joy to the world,” he says in a montage, dressed as an entertaining clown, according to EW.com. That’s before he’s beaten by thugs.
The long-awaited movie is directed by The Hangover’s Todd Phillips, who revealed the first poster yesterday, and will standalone from the wider DC cinematic universe.