Joker: What the Trailers Reveal

Warner has released another disturbing trailer for its forthcoming Joker movie, which world premieres at the Venice Film Festival this week.

In the film, Joaquin Phoenix plays Arthur as a struggling comedian in 1981 Gotham City, taking care of his mother (Frances Conroy) in a run-down apartment.

Depressed and frustrated by his own professional and personal problems, he breaks before becoming the notorious cartoon villain.

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Phoenix kicks off the trailer on a bus, making faces at a young child before an eerie clip of the Joker’s therapy session begins.

“You don’t listen do you. You just ask the same questions every week: ‘How’s your job, are you having any negative thoughts?’,” Phoenix tells his therapist. “All I have are negative thoughts.”

Soon after, the Joker becomes fully realized alongside action sequences of cars crashing and hoards of clown mask-wearing crusaders. As the clip comes to a close, Phoenix assumes the mantel completely, asking to be introduced as the Joker, and nothing else.

Director Todd Phillips also posted clips on his Instagram, with hints of the dramatic scenes from the movie.  The new Joker is set outside of the DC live-action universe, offering insight into Arthur Fleck’s origin story in a different way than in previous movies such as The Dark Knight.

Written by Phillips and Scott Silver, the film also also stars Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, and Marc Maron.

Joker hits theaters in the US on October 4.

Please read our review of Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman, in which Jack Nicholson played the role of the Joker.

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