Joker movie with Joaquin Phoenix: First trailer, release date, cast and more

CNET | 4/3/2019 | Bonnie Burton
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The Joker is the kind of comic book character who never gets old for fans. Everyone from Heath Ledger to Jack Nicholson to Jared Leto have their own spin on Batman's grinning nemesis.

He's almost as old as Batman, having made his comics debut in 1940. And this year, Joaquin Phoenix will present his own version of DC Comics' laughing psychopath in the upcoming Warner Bros. Joker movie. With the film rumored to be given an R rating, it seems an adult version of the Clown Prince of Crime will take center stage.

Trailer - April - Face - Dark - Story

The first trailer, out April 3, puts on a perversely happy face, revealing a dark and potentially disturbing story...

Warner Bros. a few words about the film, describing it to the Hollywood Reporter as an "exploration of a man disregarded by society [that] is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale."

Phoenix - Interview - ComicBook - Com - Movie

"I would not like it," said Phoenix in an interview with ComicBook.com in 2018. "I would not say it's a movie superhero, or a movie studio, the excitement of these films, and the size of them, these are the which are dealing with real life struggles.

Here's the earliest released glimpse of Phoenix in the movie.

September - Movie - Budget

Filming began in September 2018. The movie is rumored to be working with a roughly $55 million budget.

Who's making it?

Version - Joker - Todd - Phillips - Adult

This grown-up version of the Joker is co-written and directed by Todd Phillips, best known for adult comedies like The Hangover. Scott Silver, who wrote rap movie 8 Mile, is the other scriptwriter. And it's executive-produced by cinematic legend Martin Scorsese.

The film boasts a seriously impressive cast. Along with Phoenix, Joker also stars Alec Baldwin, Shea Whigham, Zazie Beetz and comedian Marc Maron. Robert De Niro is in it, which seems appropriate given the Taxi Driver-esque feel of the trailer.

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