Joaquin Phoenix’s long-awaited take on an all-time great comic-book villain has been revealed and it is maddening.

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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.

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Director Todd Phillips shared the film’s poster on Tuesday ahead of today’s trailer release. “Joker” premieres in theatres on Oct. 4.

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