Joaquin Phoenix’s long-awaited take on an all-time great comic-book villain has been revealed and it is maddening.
The actor stars as the Clown Prince of Crime in the new origin film “Joker”. Warner Bros. released a new trailer for the film on Wednesday and put plenty of emphasis on Phoenix’s Oscar-nominated acting chops.
The trailer shows failed standup comedian Arthur Fleck’s descent into madness and rise as an anarchist. “I used to think that my life was a tragedy but now I realize it’s a comedy,” Phoenix’s character says. “Joker” also stars Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, and Marc Maron.
Director Todd Phillips shared the film’s poster on Tuesday ahead of today’s trailer release. “Joker” premieres in theatres on Oct. 4.