Joker Trailer Reveals Joaquin Phoenix As The Iconic Villain

Joker Trailer Reveals Joaquin Phoenix As The Iconic Villain

In case you're wondering, this standalone Joker film takes place in a universe separate from the rest of DC's current line up - so, we won't be seeing Phoenix's Joker alongside Wonder Woman, Shazam, Aquaman, or Leto's Joker. Set in the 1970s, it will reportedly not feature Batman at all. Not that we're complaining, of course-such a gangster-ish and avant-garde narrative style is something we haven't really seen before in a comic book movie.

The first poster for Warner Bros.'s Joker has been released - with promise of a teaser trailer on Wednesday.

"Joker" is set for theaters on October 4.

Joker happens to be a psychological thriller which stars Joaquin Phoenix in the titular role. "She told me I had a objective, to bring laughter and joy to the world", he continues in the trailer, which you can watch below.

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"I used to think my life was a tragedy", Phoenix says in the trailer. In stark contrast to Jack Nicholson's flamboyant crime-lover in 1989's Batman and Heath Ledger's menacing enigma, who avoided revealing any definitive past, Phoenix's take on the character starts off more benign, ineffectual, and mentally ill before Jokering out.

Ledger gave a more in-depth look into his The Dark Knight preparation process during an interview withEmpire in 2007. De Niro (briefly glimpsed in the teaser) is reportedly playing a talk show host inspired by Rupert Pupkin in 1982's The King of Comedy. Joaquin Phoenix looks GREAT in the final Joker look, and he looks sad and pathetic and minutes away from breaking apart the rest of the time, which fits the Joker.

Frances Conroy, Bill Camp, Glenn Fleshler, Shea Whigham, Brett Cullen, Douglas Hodge and Josh Pais also star in the film co-written by Phillips and Scott Silver.

Warner Bros. Pictures will release the film pan India, read a statement.