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Joker Movie Trailer At CinemaCon: 'Super Dark and Disturbing'

Matt McGloin Posted: 04/03/2019 - 02:23 COMMENT
Joker Movie Trailer Shown At CinemCon: 'Super Dark and Disturbing'

Ahead of today's first trailer, Warner Bros. dropped the Joaquin Phoenix Joker movie footage at CinemaCon offering a first look at the movie, described as "super dark and disturbing."

Director Todd Phillips took to the stage describing his Joker movie as a tragedy, noting, "A lot has been said about this movie and a lot of is not accurate. But it’s expected when you set out to make an origin story about a beloved character who basically has no definitive origin."

The film is described as the downfall of a man, dragged and beaten down until he turns and beats up on a world turned against him.

Update: Joker trailer is now online.

Joker movie footage cinemacon

The managing editor of Fandango, Erik Davis tweeted that, "Wow, first teaser for Joker is super dark and disturbing ... This is definitely a darker, more grounded Gotham, plagued by a lunatic dressed like a clown. Arkham State Hospital appears - the teaser is set to Nat King Cole’s 'Smile.' Way more of a psychological thriller. DC’s darkest movie yet?"

The footage shows Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck stumbling through the streets of Gotham. Phoenix is dressed as a clown trying to spread cheer while working for a store, but he gets beat up and his sign is stolen by a group of thugs. Shots are shown of Fleck having a sick mother, of him dancing, of him and Zazie Beetz‘s Sophie Dumond at a diner, all of which is leading to him becoming one of Gotham's most psychotic criminals. Footage then shows Joaquin Phoenix do his Joker laugh as he sits inside a comedy club and he dances in a red suit with his clown makeup on.

“My mother always tells me to smile and put on a happy face. She told me I had a purpose, to bring laughter and joy to the world,” Joaquin Phoenix’s says in the footage. “Is it just me or is it just getting crazier out there? I use to think my life was a tragedy, but it’s a comedy."

Joker has an October 4, 2019 release date.

Joaquin Phoenix Joker Poster

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