Warner Bros has released the final trailer of highly anticipated ‘Joker’ ahead of its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival on Saturday. It showcases Joaquin Phoenix’s brilliant turn as Arthur Fleck, who eventually becomes the DC villain we all know as the Joker. The movie is helmed by Todd Phillips, who has also penned the script with Scott Silver.
The trailer starts off with Arthur Fleck trying to make a kid laugh on a bus. However, it soon transitions to darker themes as Fleck tells us that life might be a tragedy, but he will view it as a comedy. It is followed by an ominous declaration that all Fleck has are negative thoughts. We see a man who is beaten down by society and the corruption of Gotham City at every turn. Soon, he drops his clown mask and puts on the face paint that distinguishes him as the clown prince of crime in Gotham. There is a chilling moment when he asks a show host he looks up to, played by Robert De Niro, to introduce him as Joker. There is a montage of sequences that tease the violence that Fleck will unleash upon Gotham as he embraces his chaotic evil self.
The upcoming ‘Joker’ movie will be R-rated and the trailer drops the hint why. Apart from Phoenix and De Niro, other cast members include Frances Conroy, who plays Arthur’s mother, Zazie Beetz of ‘Deadpool 2‘ fame, and Marc Maron, known for ‘GLOW‘. In case you have not been following the news about the ‘Joker’ movie, we previously reported that the official Instagram handle had teased the trailer’s release sometime back. Ahead of its debut, ‘Joker’ has already managed to generate Oscar buzz. Understandably, it is because the ‘Joker’ movie will not be like an entry into the superhero genre. In fact, Phoenix has argued that it will be like something that has never been seen before.
The Oscar-winning actor commented on it, saying, “I wouldn’t quite classify this as like any genre. I wouldn’t say it’s a superhero movie, or a studio movie or a … It feels unique, and I think more than anything, and probably the most important thing, is Todd [Phillips] 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.”
You can check out the trailer for ‘Joker’ below. The movie hits theaters on October 4, 2019.