Not only did Phillips reveal the first poster, but he also indicated that a teaser trailer for the film will drop tomorrow.
Actor Joaquin Phoenix is pictured posing during a photocall for the film "Les Freres Sisters" as part of the 44th Deauville US Film Festival in Deauville, north-western France on September 4, 2018.
"My mother always tells me to smile and put on a happy face", Phoenix, as Arthur Fleck, says in a voiceover. He's trying to find his way in the world, attempting to fulfill his mother's constant reminders that he's meant to bring joy and laughter to the world. There's a shot of Arkham hospital, as well as Fleck's run-in with some goons.
Sweet dances and smiles in a diner are contrasted with police chases and subway attacks as Thomas Wayne (Brett Cullen) declares on TV, "Gotham's lost its way. He's just an absolute sociopath, a cold-blooded, mass-murdering clown", he added.
In a recent interview with Collider about the film, Phoenix stated, "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". It's thought to be heavily based on Alan Moore's The Killing Joke and has a fantastic cast, with Robert De Niro and Zazie Beetz in supporting roles.
Who'd have thought you could ever empathize with the Joker.
The trailer gives a thrilling summary of the movie and what's to come as the previously-tender main character Arthur Fleck is beaten down by bullies throughout life before he eventually turns evil due to his mistreatment. "Is it just me, or is it getting crazier out there?" muses our protagonist as he gets beat up in alleyways and on subway trains.
Directed by Todd Phillips, Joker stars Joaquin Phoenix as DC's Clown Prince of Crime. But he noted that there has been online chatter about "what the film is and isn't" and "most of it hasn't been very accurate". Phoenix's recent credits include "The Sisters Brothers" and "You Were Never Really Here", and his religious epic "Mary Magdalene" opens in USA theaters April 12.
A press release reads: "Joker centres around the iconic arch nemesis of the caped crusader and is an original, standalone story not seen before on the big screen".
Joker hits theaters on October 4th.