Smile, the first teaser trailer for Warner Bros. new DC Comics movie “Joker” is finally here!
Directed by Todd Phillips and starring Joaquin Phoenix as The Joker, the movie is about Arthur Fleck, whose rapid descent into insanity is juxtaposed to his clownish demeanor. What happens when a perfectly nice guy is pushed over the edge?
“Joker” seems to be exploring that, making the character sympathetic in some ways, but also very reminiscent of Robert DeNiro’s performance in Martin Scorcese’s classic “Taxi Driver”. This is a Travis Bickle Joker, with a lot of complexities that don’t make him 100% a villain at the start of the movie, but it sure seems like he is going to be over 9000 by the end.
Check out the teaser trailer for “Joker” below:
Phoenix’s performance as The Joker may rival Heath Ledger’s from “The Dark Knight”. It’s very chilling and nuanced, and very unique from how Ledger played the part, but I get the feeling it will be just as compelling.
He may not be the “Clown Prince of Crime” just yet, but it looks like he will be getting there pretty quickly in this very creepy and disturbing trailer.
“Joker” hits theaters on October 4, 2019.