First 'Joker' Reviews: Critics Rave, Standing Ovation, Oscar Buzz

Director Todd Phillips and the Joker Joaquin Phoenix

Director Todd Phillips and the Joker Joaquin Phoenix

Opening up about his character, Phoenix said that late actor Heath Ledger, who also essayed the role of Joker in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight, did not influence him.

Phoenix has been opening up about his preparation to play the infamous villain, revealing that he lost 52 pounds to play the villain, doing so in such a short amount of time that it actually helped him get into the mindset of the character.

"I didn't think that I could do it, I kind of practised alone but I asked Todd to come over to audition my laugh. Throughout the course of shooting it felt like every day we were discovering new parts of his personality, up until the very last day", he added. And without a doubt-long time DC fans will be spending a lot of time unpacking the many story revelations and questions this harrowing cautionary tale raises.

Phoenix says it was "almost painful" to try and get the laugh right.

Early reviews from critics who were in attendance at the Venice Film Festival suggest that Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix, is an absolute masterpiece of a film. More character study than comic book movie, and anchored by an Oscar-worthy Joaquin Phoenix, Joker is a bravura blockbuster that proves you don't need superpowered scraps to dazzle.

A five-star review in Empire said the origin-story was "bold, devastating and utterly beautiful".

Joker is something of a change for writer-director Todd Phillips, who previously made the Hangover and Old School comedies. We thought this could be an exciting approach to this genre.

We previously reported that Joker is set to be the first-ever comic book movie that will be screened at the "Gala Presentations" of the Toronto International Film Festival in the event's 43-year history.

This past weekend saw Joker not only appear to be a favorite among the press on hand to cover the film, but also a big victor once it made its big unveiling to the public.

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