Joker: Todd Phillips Reveals 'Name' of Joaquin Phoenix's Character, Shows New Look

Joker: Todd Phillips Reveals 'Name' of Joaquin Phoenix's Character, Shows New Look

Joker: Todd Phillips Reveals 'Name' of Joaquin Phoenix's Character, Shows New Look

So when Joaquin Phoenix's name was confirmed to be playing the role of the Joker in the Todd Philips directed movie - I was at least intrigued. 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. The actor and Phillips have revealed that the film is not going to be a normal superhero movie, stating that it's going to be a relatively low-budget character study instead, which sounds pretty intriguing.

It's obvious that Phoenix's Arthur hasn't made the full transition to the Joker based on these set photos, but there's a hint of where hi character might draw inspiration from.

The first photo of Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker has been released and he looks sufficiently creepy as hell as the super villain. And sure, in all likelihood, yes, he's Gotham City's so-called Clown Prince of Crime. Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy and Marc Maron also star.

But all that was subject to change this afternoon after Warner Bros. released a portrait of Joaquin Phoenix in costume and make-up. It is possible that we will not get the classic Joker look at all in the movie, since Joker is a far cry from other comic-book movies with their inflated budgets and special effects and might not follow comics that faithfully. Filming is set in NYC and hopes to bring forth the Joker origin story thereby lacking in DC's film canon.

Also watch a set video from the film below.

It's hard to gauge much from this image, which looks like a cross between Phoenix in Inherent Vice and Jim Carrey as Mr. Pickles in Showtime's Kidding.

The Phoenix movie is scheduled to hit theaters October 4, 2019.

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