It's not much, just a single word and a photo on Instagram, but director Todd Phillips has given us the first indication of what we can expect from his upcoming film about The Joker. According to Phillips' post, Phoenix's character will be called Arthur. Though his character Arthur Fleck is not yet donning the Joker's trademark makeup in the footage, the clown element of his arc is already foreshadowed via both the merry-go-round in the background and the red-nosed amusing man who confronts him.
Does this Arthur mug shot give you more confidence in the pre-Joker film, or are you keeping your reservations at bay? He boops him. It's cute. Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, Marc Maron and Bryan Callen are also set to star in the Martin Scorsese production.
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Reddit user cameron_w_robertson created the "quick mashup", transforming Arthur into the Clown Prince of Crime.
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The film is scheduled for release on October 4, 2019. It's made even more interesting when (huzzah!) you realise the film is being made with no connection to the broader slate of DC Universe films.
A set of images of Joaquin on set were also shared on JustJared where Phoenix can be seen laughing manically and playing with a clown. "And so I think that's what Todd sees appealing about this idea". Gone is the make up and dyed green hair, and instead, Phoenix looks dishevelled in drab clothing. This movie will look at the origins of the Joker as a "man disregarded by society", Phillips has said.
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