The Joker Standalone Movie Director Shares Photo of Joaquin Phoenix as 'Arthur'

Todd Phillips Reveals First Look at Joaquin Phoenix in ‘Joker’ Movie

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.

"Arthur", reads the caption, giving credence to earlier reports that the character's real name would be Arthur Fleck. The Joker has, of course, used many aliases over the years, but most have always involved a "J" somewhere (Jack Napier, Jack White etc.), so it's something of a departure for this incarnation to omit the letter entirely. It's been described as a "gritty character study".

The star has been lined up by Warner Brothers to play the iconic Batman villain, for a Joker origin movie.

Directed and co-written by Todd Phillips, Joker stars Joaquin Phoenix as the titular character along with Robert De Niro, Marc Maron, and Zazie Beetz. The pic shows Phoenix looking at the camera, with a slight smile on his visage.

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Joaquin Phoenix as the Clown Prince of Crime in Todd Phillips' Joker. Emma Tillinger Koskoff is producing the WB/Village Roadshow movie, which Richard Baratta is exec producing.

After the disappointing critical reception to their DC Extended Universe of movies, Warner Bros hopes for the Joker movie to start a new spin-off series of one-shot movies.

The movie is slated for an October 4, 2019 release. Maybe Phoenix will be dropped into a Value-Added Tax of acid or something late in the film, but for the most part, it looks like we'll be examining a real human being, stripped of supervillainous accoutrements.

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