The Joker film is a much hyped movie of 2019, transcending beyond the notions of a ‘comic book’ to become a full blown potential for Oscar nominations. The first trailer debuted in April of 2019, to much praise and excitement, especially as Joaquin Phoenix’s performance as the Clown Prince of Crime. The Joker film is the latest film from the director of The Hangover and War Dogs, with this latest film trailer to only increase fan anticipation of the gritty super villain flick.
Joker takes place in the 1980s, telling the origin of the famous Batman villain whose failed attempts to become a comedian force him on a descent into madness that ends with him becoming the Joker. The supporting cast includes Robert DeNiro as talk-show host Murray Franklin, Zazie Beetz as Arthur’s love interest Sophie Durmond, and Frances Conroy as Arthur’s mother Penny.
The film has been described as drawing from 1970s gangster movies, specifically Mean Streets, among others. Phoenix revealed earlier this month that in order to play the role, he studied victims of Pathological Laughter or Crying. The victims suffer from involuntary laughter and crying, usually separate fro any kind of emotional trigger.
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This showcases in the new footage in the final trailer, where Joaquin Phoenix is clearly playing a man on the brink. Arthur Fleck, as he is known before he becomes the Joker, seems a man on the brink of madness. He confesses to his therapist that he has nothing but ‘negative thoughts’. Footage reveals he’s attempting to be a comedian, but he’s laugh at on stage, crippling his self-esteem.
Slowly, the trailer takes a darker turn as Joaquin begins spiraling towards what he’ll become. We see glimpses of him applying the white face paint, as well as Arthur instigating what appears to be a revolution. People begin to riot in the streets, wearing clown masks and holding up signs that proclaim ‘We are all clowns’.
Other tantalizing imagery includes Robert DeNiro as a comedian that the Joker idolizes and Thomas Wayne, Mayor of Gotham, punching Arthur after he refuses to stop laughing.
Warner Bros has released the official plot synopsis:
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.
But the best image when Arthur, now decked in full Joker costume, asks to be introduced on stage as the Joker. We can’t wait to see this movie, as it looks haunting, surreal, and a more adult, darker movie that might even garner some nominations at the Oscars.
Are you looking forward to seeing the killer clown arrive? The Joker arrives in cinemas October 4th.
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