New Joker Trailer Gives the Story Behind the Clown Prince of Crime

Todd Phillips' Joker Projected To Surpass Aquaman & Shazam! Openings

Warner Bros. Pictures has revealed the new trailer for Joker, the origin story that takes place out of the DCEU continuity. Check out the new Joker trailer below!

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The film currently looks to have its North American premiere at Toronto International Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival later this month. TIFF artistic director Cameron Bailey praised the film for its take on the well-worn comic book genre, comparing it to the works of Martin Scorsese.

Director Todd Phillips’ original, standalone origin story Joker explores the world of—and according to—Arthur Fleck. Indelibly portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, Arthur is a man facing the cruelty and outright scorn of society, along with the indifference of a system that allows him to spiral from vulnerability into depravity. A clown-for-hire by day, he strives to be a stand-up comic at night. But he finds that the joke always seems to be on him. He’s out of tune with everyone around him, as evidenced by his uncontrollable, inappropriate laughter.  Which gains momentum as he attempts to contain it, exposing him to further ridicule—and even violence.

Arthur, who devotes himself to caring for his fragile mother, seeks out every father figure he has never had. From wealthy businessman Thomas Wayne, to TV host Murray Franklin. He’s caught in a cyclical existence teetering on the precipice of reality and madness. One bad decision brings about a chain reaction of escalating, ultimately deadly, events.

Buy The Joker: A Celebration Of 75 Years here and catch up on the Clown Prince of Crime.

Joaquin Phoenix stars as the titular villain with Zazie Beetz (Deadpool 2), Bill Camp (Red Sparrow, Molly’s Game), Frances Conroy (American Horror Story), Brett Cullen (Narcos), Glenn Fleshler (Barry), Douglas Hodge (Penny Dreadful), Marc Maron (GLOW), Josh Pais (Motherless Brooklyn), and Shea Whigham (First Man). Robert De Niro also appears as Murray Franklin.

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Todd Phillips (The Hangover trilogy) directs from a screenplay he co-wrote with writer Scott Silver (The Fighter), based on characters from DC. Phillips and Bradley Cooper produce under their Joint Effort banner, along with Emma Tillinger Koskoff. Richard Baratta, Joseph Garner, and Bruce Berman also executive produce.

Joker opens in theaters everywhere on October 4. Does this trailer pique your interest in this all-new take on the character? Let us know if you’re laughing or crying in comments below.

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