Joker: final trailer with Joaquin Phoenix as supervillain released
Phoenix plays the nascent Joker as a struggling stand-up comic who goes over to the dark side
Joaquin Phoenix goes from sign-waving clown to crazed villain in the creepy final trailer for Joker.
The origins story of the Batman supervillain, directed by Todd Phillips, stars Phoenix as Arthur Fleck, a man struggling to find his way in Gotham’s fractured society.
The Warner Bros trailer shows him as a clown-for-hire by day, who aspires to be a stand-up comic at night. However, he is beaten down by his treatment at the hands of others.
“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,” Warner Bros said.
One scene shows Arthur – who officially makes his name The Joker in the new trailer – in what appears to be a therapy session.
He tells the counsellor: “You just ask the same questions every week. How’s your job? Are you having negative thoughts? All I have are negative thoughts.”
The trailer also gives us a first look at Thomas Wayne (Brett Cullen), Batman’s dad, as well as more of Robert De Niro’s talk show host.