New ‘Joker’ Footage Shows Robert De Niro in Full ‘King of Comedy’ Mode

IndieWire | 8/25/2019 | Staff
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As we wait for the final trailer to pop this coming Wednesday, more tantalizing new footage has dropped from “Joker,” director Todd Phillips’ revisionist take on the backstory of the Batman villain starring Joaquin Phoenix.

The new clips, posted as a series of Instagrams, feature the most we’ve seen so far of Robert De Niro’s Murray Franklin, a talk-show host who is instrumental in Joker’s, a.k.a. Arthur Fleck’s, ruination. De Niro has previously said that the role deliberately pays homage to his character from Martin Scorsese’s 1983 “The King of Comedy,” in which he played a middling comic who kidnaps a talk-show host he’s obsessed with. Check them out below.

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“There’s a connection, obviously, with the whole thing,” said De Niro while doing interviews for the Tribeca Film Festival. “But it’s not as a direct connection as the character I’m playing being Rupert many years later as a host.”

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