A failed stand-up comedian is driven insane and becomes a psychopathic murderer.
The trailer for DC Comics‘ upcoming psychological thriller ‘JOKER,’ directed by Todd Phillips, and featuring Joaquin Phoenix in the lead role, skips over any preconceived notions we may have imagined about the pending film, scheduled for an October 4, 2019 release. It flows like the stream of consciousnesses of a deranged psychopath watching his life flash before his eyes during the last moments of life while on acid. But you know we’re being set up because the titular character has always been more than just a mere demented villain, excising cultural references, historical trivia, and other rare little-known musings on what he’s always considered to be less-than-refined opponents with sub intellects. And Phoenix looks up to the task of bringing this to full bloom as two sides of the same coin: Arthur Fleck/Joker!
My mother always tells me to smile and put on a happy face – JOKER
DC claims that “this is first in a series of DC-based films separate from the DC Extended Universe,” and as such, we can expect a great deal of artistic license taken on the principal character and the world he inhabits. We’re not sure what this will mean to purists, but we know this trailer makes the move look very promising, to say the least.
It’s interesting to note that Warner Bros. Pictures‘ marketing department chose to bypass April 1st as the date for pushing out the trailer. That’s a not-too-subtle message that this is NOT a joke, regardless of the project’s title. And as soon as you lay eyes on the 2.24 minutes of sizzle footage, we think you’ll also agree that this film means serious business. We’re psyched!