Arthur Fleck Puts on a Happy Face in New Joker Photo

A new photo from Todd Phillips’ Joker has made its way online. Thanks to USA Today, we’ve got a creepy new look at Joaquin Phoenix’s Arthur Fleck holding the sides of his mouth in an attempt to crack a smile. You can check out the new Joker photo in the gallery below.

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Director Todd Phillips Joker centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone fictional story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck, who is indelibly portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, is of a man struggling to find his way in Gotham’s fractured society. A clown-for-hire by day, he aspires to be a stand-up comic at night…but finds the joke always seems to be on him. Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty, Arthur makes one bad decision that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events in this gritty character study.

Phillips (The Hangover trilogy) directs from a screenplay he co-wrote with writer Scott Silver (The Fighter), based on characters from DC. Additionally, Phillips is producing the movie along with MCU mainstay Bradley Cooper under their Joint Effort banner, and Emma Tillinger Koskoff. Richard Baratta, as well as Joseph Garner and Bruce Berman are the executive producers.

Joker opens in theaters everywhere on October 4.