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'Joker' teaser trailer provides first glimpse at Clown Prince of Crime

Phil on Film
Posted at 1:11 PM, Apr 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-03 16:26:49-04

Warner Bros. unveiled its teaser trailer for "Joker" Monday, and the early glance shows that the studio is taking a darker, more psychologically incisive glance at Batman's archenemy.

Joaquin Phoenix shows off a disturbing makeup job, as well as his grisly take on the Joker's voice.

The storyline seems to take some cues from the famed 1988 Alan Moore graphic novel "Batman: The Killing Joke," tracing Arthur Fleck's fall from failed engineer-turned standup comic who plunges into dark madness as the supervillain of Gotham City. Warner Bros. adapted the story into a direct-to-video animated film in 2016.

Also intriguing: Robert De Niro makes an appearance as a comedian, and Frances Conroy appears as Arthur's mother.

The film appears to be a break from the norm from director Todd Phillips, who is known for comedies such as "Old School" and "The Hangover" trilogy.

"Joker" is due in theaters Oct. 4.

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