Warner Bros have released a new and final full length trailer for Todd Phillips’ “The Joker,” starring Academy Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix (“The Master,” “Gladiator”). The new, chilling trailer comes just ahead of the film’s hotly anticipated world premiere this weekend at the Venice Film Festival.
The new footage goes deeper into Arthur Fleck’s (Phoenix) psyche and downward spiral into madness and control. The film is written as a standalone origin story and villain character study separate from the ongoing DC cinematic universe.
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.
“You don’t listen do you? You just ask the same questions every week. ‘How’s your job?’ ‘Do you have any negative thoughts?’ All I have are negative thoughts,” says Arthur to his psychiatrist. The film will see Phoenix in a big, showy role after last year’s quieter “The Sisters Brothers,” “Mary Magdalene” and Lynne Ramsey’s “You Were Never Really Here.”
“Joker” also stars Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, Marc Maron, Bill Camp and Glenn Fleshler. Phillips directs from a script written by Oscar nominated writer Scott Silver (“The Fighter”), based on characters from the DC Comics. It is executive produced by Michael E. Uslan, Walter Hamada, Aaron L. Gilbert, Joseph Garner, Richard Baratta, and Bruce Berman.
This is a co-production of DC Comics and Warner Bros. The film is set for the festival circuits with premieres at Toronto International Film Festival September 9 and New York Film Festival October 2. It world premieres to put some smiles on at Venice Film Festival August 31 and hits its theatrical run October 4.