New ‘Joker’ Footage and Images Dresses Up Joaquin Phoenix and Zazie Beetz


Positive excitement continues to build in the DC Comics film universe. While the company continues to struggle at the box office with its previous entries, including “Justice League,” there seems to be hope brewing. The upcoming “Aquaman” could potentially change up the visual effects race at the Oscars, and “Shazam!” looks rather funny. Most importantly, “Wonder Woman 1984” brings Gal Gadot back to the big screen. Yet the project that has captured the most eyeballs continues to be the “Untitled Joker” film due out in Fall of 2019. This weekend, we got some more opportunities to look at Joaquin Phoenix (potentially in his makeup), Zazie Beetz and others.

Director Todd Phillips, best known for his work on “The Hangover” series, continues to build hype for the film with his Instagram. The platform works to quickly disseminate information, and the images certainly generated buzz this weekend. Below we’ve included the Phoenix transformation and the first look at Beetz.

Pictures from Todd Phillips’ Instagram


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Camera test (w/ sound). Joker.

A post shared by Todd Phillips (@toddphillips1) on Sep 21, 2018 at 10:00am PDT


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So excited to be working with @zaziebeetz. Joker. ?@nikotavernise

A post shared by Todd Phillips (@toddphillips1) on Sep 22, 2018 at 5:53pm PDT

Each actor looks very interesting in their roles. Beetz plays more like a normal civilian, lending credence to the rumors that she will be a love interest of sorts. She’s been on a tear in recent months, receiving her first Emmy nomination in 2018 and starring in “Deadpool 2” as well. The more serious turn may draw more praise to Beetz.

However, the Phoenix reveal grabbed the internet. The makeup looks subtle, more home applied than the Jared Leto interpretation. This feels more in-line with the Ledger Joker, showing a nice return to the roots. Perhaps most importantly, it feels fitting for an actor in his 40’s, taking on the role of an obsessive clown psychopath. It might be one of the creepiest interpretations of the character, and this bodes well for the Phillips directed film.

What do you think of the “Joker” news? What do you think of the first looks at Phoenix and Beetz? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below! 

“The Untitled Joker” film releases on Oct. 4, 2018. Warner Bros. distributes.