See Joaquin Phoenix Become ‘Joker’ in Twisted First Trailer – Rolling Stone
Home Movies Movie News

See Joaquin Phoenix Become ‘Joker’ in Twisted First Trailer

Origin story for Batman’s greatest nemesis arrives in October

Joaquin Phoenix transforms from a mild-mannered man into a terrifying villain in the first trailer for Joker, director Todd Phillips’ upcoming take on the iconic DC Comics character.

The clip opens with an ordinary-looking Arthur Fleck sitting with his therapist, who asks, “Does it help to have someone to talk to?” His response: a chilling, foreboding smile. “My mother always tells me to smile and put on a happy face,” he narrates over a montage of Fleck scribbling in a notebook labeled “JOKES” (sample: “People expect you to behave as if you DONT”) and giving his mom (Frances Conroy) a bath. “She told me I had a purpose: to bring laughter and joy to the world. Is it just me, or is it getting crazier out there?”

Elsewhere, the trailer shows the character dancing with his mother, going on a date with love interest Sophie Dumon (Zazie Beetz), visiting Arkham State Hospital and cackling at a stand-up comedy performance. Finally dressed in his Joker make-up, he’s attacked by men on the subway and insulted as a “freak” — and later, a news report recounts a “cold-blooded” crime from someone “who hides behind a mask.” 

“I used to think my life was a tragedy,” the Joker notes. “But now I realize it’s a comedy.”

Joker, the first installment in a new series of DC films outside the Extended Universe, is out October 4th.


Powered by
Arrow Created with Sketch. Calendar Created with Sketch. Path Created with Sketch. Shape Created with Sketch. Plus Created with Sketch. minus Created with Sketch.