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WATCH: Here’s your creepy first look at Joaquin Phoenix as The Joker

September 21st, 2018 by Marc Comments

So, quicker than we thought it would happen, we have our first official look at Joaquin Phoenix as The Joker in the upcoming, separate from the rest of the DC Cinematic movies, movie – leaked images and a look at Phoenix without make-up appeared online a few days ago here.

And he looks very different than we imagined as you can see from the video below that director Todd Phillips shared on Instagram – it’s a camera test of Joaquin Phoenix in full-on makeup – for those who care, the song is Laughing by The Guess Who’s.

Now, before everyone loses their minds, we image this isn’t the final look for Joker in the movie… and it’s certainly not the first time he’s ever looked like this on film – this is Caesar Romero in the 1960s series and the late Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight:

The movie will be directed and co-wrote by Todd Phillips along with Scott Silver and is described as an “exploration of a man disregarded by society [that] is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.”

The movie is touted as being unlike any comicbook movie you’ve seen before with a low budget of $55 million range it is “meant to be darker and more experimental in tone and content which is described as being akin to a crime drama.”

Other rumours say the Joker will be – pre-transformation – a heavy drugs user and during one of his drug rages he will crack, becoming the insane Harlequin of Hate.

We REALLY want to hear your thoughts…

Principal photography has begun on Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Joker,” starring Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix in the title role, alongside Oscar winner Robert De Niro, and directed, produced and co-written by Oscar nominee Todd Phillips.

“Joker” centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck (Phoenix), a man disregarded by society, is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.

The film also stars Zazie Beetz (“Deadpool 2”), Bill Camp (“Red Sparrow,” “Molly’s Game”), Frances Conroy (TV’s “American Horror Story,” Hulu’s “Castle Rock”), Brett Cullen (“42,” Netflix’s “Narcos”), Glenn Fleshler (TV’s “Billions,” “Barry”), Douglas Hodge (“Red Sparrow,” TV’s “Penny Dreadful”), Marc Maron (TV’s “Maron,” “GLOW”), Josh Pais (upcoming “Motherless Brooklyn,” “Going in Style”), and Shea Whigham (upcoming “First Man,” “Kong: Skull Island”).

Phillips (“The Hangover” trilogy) directs from a screenplay he co-wrote with writer Scott Silver (“The Fighter”), based on characters from DC. The film is being produced by Phillips and Bradley Cooper under their Joint Effort banner, and Emma Tillinger Koskoff. It is executive produced by Richard Baratta, Joseph Garner and Bruce Berman.

Behind the scenes, Phillips is joined by director of photography Lawrence Sher (upcoming “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” “The Hangover” trilogy), production designer Mark Friedberg (“Selma,” “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”), editor Jeff Groth (“War Dogs,” “The Hangover Part III”), and Oscar-winning costume designer Mark Bridges (“Phantom Thread,” “The Artist”).

A Warner Bros. Pictures presentation, in Association with Village Roadshow Pictures, in Association with BRON Creative, a Joint Effort Production, “Joker” is set for release October 4, 2019, and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Joker gets the last laugh on October 4th, 2019


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Camera test (w/ sound). Joker.

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….