Joker is one of the year’s most anticipated movie releases, and a new trailer offers a tantalising glimpse of Joaquin Phoenix’s portrayal of the DC Comics villain.
The trailer for the Todd Phillips film was shown to industry bods at the CinemaCon event in Las Vegas last night, and is now available to watch for the rest of us (above).
In it, Phoenix’s Arthur Fleck is shown staggering through the streets of Gotham. “My mother always tells me to smile and put on a happy face — she told me I had a purpose to bring laughter and joy to the world,” he says over a montage, dressed as an entertaining clown.
But then he’s beaten by thugs, which sparks his descent into the world of crime. “Is it just me or is it getting crazier out there?” he asks.
While the trailer features a montage of several scenes, there’s no real sense of the overarching story. Which, given the tendency of trailers to spoil movies, is probably not a bad thing.
“I used to think my life is a tragedy, but it’s a comedy,” Phoenix’s character concludes.
The trailer and poster has already led to many comparing it to Martin Scorsese’s 1982 film The King of Comedy, which is apt considering Robert De Niro is also in the Joker cast.
Joker may not be what you expect
Talking at CinemaCon, Phillips was keen to stress that many fans may have got the wrong impression of Joker after the first teaser aired last year, and that the origin story was still taking shape.
The Hangover director revealed that when Warner Bros asked him to to give the film a genre, he thought about it and and replied, “It’s a tragedy.”
In case you missed it, here’s the poster for the movie:
‘Dark and disturbing’
The initial reaction to the trailer at CinemaCon was largely positive, noting the dark tone instilled by Phoenix.
“If you’re missing the ‘dark’ DC, then here’s your medicine,” was the verdict of movie website JoBlo.com, while Beatrice Verhoeven of The Wrap said: “Joaquin’s laugh will haunt me in my sleep. I can’t wait.”
Erik Davis of Fandango wrote that it looks “super dark and disturbing.”
“I used to think my life was a tragedy, but now I realize it’s a comedy.” Wow, first teaser for #Joker is super dark and disturbing – the downfall of a man, dragged and beaten down until he turns and beats up on a world turned against him. #CinemaCon pic.twitter.com/SDD8DGDd5o
— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) April 2, 2019
Who else is in the cast?
Joker also stars Hollywood legend De Niro, along with Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, Marc Maron, Shea Whigham, Bill Camp, Glenn Fleshler, Brett Cullen, Douglas Hodge and Josh Pais.
Details of their characters are still under wraps.
When is Joker out in cinemas?
The film is expected to be released in the US on 4 October 2019, with more details on a UK release date to follow.
Originally published on our sister title, iNews