Warner Bros. seems incredibly confident about their upcoming Joker movie. So much so, that the company has shared a number of images and video clips from the film even though shooting just began a few weeks ago.
A new clip shows us Joaquin Phoenix’s Arthur in clown makeup (perhaps a homage to Heath Ledger’s Joker in The Dark Knight). Whether or not this is his final look, we don’t know. That said, it’s fascinating to see just how perfect the actor is for this role.
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As you can see, the Joker origin film seems to very Taxi Driver-esque. It will explore the life of Arthur, a failed stand-up comedian, who turns to a life of crime.
“I wouldn’t quite classify this as like any genre,” Phoenix said in a recent interview. “I wouldn’t say it’s a superhero movie, or a studio movie or a … It feels unique, and I think more then anything, and probably the most important thing, is Todd seems very passionate about it and very giving, and so that’s exciting. I think, underneath the excitement of these films, and the size of them, there are these incredible characters that are dealing with real life struggles. And sometimes that is uncovered and exposed, and sometimes it isn’t, and so I always felt, like, there were characters in comics that were really interesting and deserve the opportunity to be kind of studied. And so I think that’s what Todd sees appealing about this idea.”