'Joker': Release date, plot, cast, trailer and everything else you need to know about Joaquin Phoenix starrer
The trailer for Todd Phillips' take on the Gotham baddie is out now, and boy, and we are in for a dark, dark ride
Joker is one of the most iconic villains in the superhero universe - one that intrigues the curiosity of every DC fan, or even a DC Universe critic. After teasing DC fans for the longest time, director Todd Phillips offered a quick sneak peek into the film 'Joker' at CinemaCon on Tuesday.
With 'Joker', DC brings a dedicated look to the Batman villain, and Warner Bros. unveiled the teaser-trailer online on Wednesday.
Joker starring Joaquin Phoenix in the titular role is scheduled to be released by Warner Bros. Pictures on October 4, 2019.
Todd Phillips's take on the iconic Batman villain is set in the 80s. The film tells the story of Arthur Fleck (played by Phoenix) as a failed stand-up comedian, who turns to a life of crime and chaos and becomes a psychopathic criminal after failing to be a hit with audiences.
Perhaps the film's intention can be perfectly summed with Warner Bros.' official announcement, which describes the Joker origin story as "an exploration of a man disregarded by society [that] is not only a gritty character study but also a broader cautionary tale".
As opposed to modern films based on comic books, Joker is intended to be a standalone film telling the story of Joker with no sequels, no crossover - at least at the moment. However, Warner Bros. hopes to launch a line of DC Comics-based films with a darker, more experimental material, which is similar to comic imprints like DC Black Label and Elseworlds.
Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck/ Joker
Phoenix plays a failed stand-up comedian, who, disregarded by society, is driven insane and becomes a psychotic criminal mastermind. Quick fact: Phoenix is the seventh actor to portray Joker in a theatrical film.
Phoenix won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for his 2006 film 'Walk the Line'. He was nominated for best actor for The Master (2013), Her (2014) and Inherent Vice (2015). Before Phoenix was cast as Joker (2019), Leonardo DiCaprio was being considered for the role.
Robert De Niro as a talk show host
Robert De Niro requires no introduction. Most known for his role in Martin Scorsese's psychological thriller 'Taxi Driver', for which he earned Academy Award nominations, De Niro's contribution to quality entertainment never ceases to awe audiences. His portrayal of gangster Jimmy Conway in 'Goodfellas' (1990) and black comedy 'The King of Comedy' (1983), both Scorsese films, earned him BAFTA Award nominations.
Interestingly, a lot of people are finding connections between Scorsese and De Niro's movies 'Taxi Driver' and 'The King of Comedy' and 'Joker'.
Zazie Beetz as Sophie Dumond
Playing a cynical single mother and Arthur's love interest is Zazie Beetz as Sophie Dumond. She is known for her role as Vanessa Keefer on the FX dramedy series 'Atlanta' - for which she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. She garnered acclaim for her role in 'Deadpool 2' - being nominated for Choice Award for Choice Summer Movie Actress.
Director Todd Phillips
Director, producer and actor Todd Phillips is best known for writing and directing films including The Hangover Trilogy [Hey Phillips, only the first part was worth it!], 'War Dogs', 'Road Trip', and 'Due Date'. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for his work on the film 'Borat'.
Joker's trailer has people mesmerised at the dark telling of the iconic villain's story. The 2.24 minutes-long trailer offers an insight into life in Gotham and the trials and tribulations Phoenix's Arthur had to face before he becomes the ruthless Joker.
Arthur wants to spread joy and laughter in the world, but Gotham has other plans.
Where to watch
The film is scheduled to hit theatres on October 4, 2019.