POSSIBLE SPOILERS FOR JOKER MOVIE
New set photos from Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker movie have appeared online. A key shot shows Phoenix as the Joker laughing maniacally in the backseat of a police patrol car. It is reminiscent of Heath Ledger’s Joker leaning out the side of a police cruiser in The Dark Knight.
The photos also show Phoenix’s stunt double dressed as Arthur Fleck in Joker make-up talking to a police officer in riot gear.
Another shows an extra wearing a sinister clown mask and carrying a baseball bat.
Combined with the earlier on-set images of Phoenix in a more sophisticated Joker suit, this new scene could be the end of Arthur Fleck and the birth of the Joker. His first act of comical chaos may be inciting a clown-based riot. The police might be taking the Joker in the for the first time and sending him to Gotham City’s notorious Arkham Asylum. Incarceration could forge a far more dangerous villain.
Warner Bros new Joker movie is directed Todd Phillips and stars Joaquin Phoenix in the title role. It will take place in the 1980s and explore the origins of the Joker, from failed stand-up comedian Arthur Fleck to the Clown Prince of Crime. The film will include performances by Zazie Beetz, Robert De Niro, and Marc Maron.
THE PRINCES OF CRIME
Phoenix joins the growing group of actors who have portrayed the iconic villain. Cesar Romero first portrayed the laughing criminal in 1966’s Batman television series. Jack Nicholson brought Batman’s arch nemesis to the big screen in Tim Burton’s Batman. Heath Ledger won the Academy Award for his depiction of the Joker in The Dark Knight. And Jared Leto’s performance in Suicide Squad had mixed reviews.
One of the most recognized portrayals of the Joker comes from Mark Hamill in Batman: The Animated Series. He also provided the voice and maniacal laughter of the crazed criminal in Superman: The Animated Series, Justice League, and Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker. Hamill also brought the character to life in the critically acclaimed Batman: Arkham Asylum video game series.
Joker hits theaters October 4, 2019.