First Teaser Trailer for Todd Phillips' 'Joker' Starring Joaquin Phoenix
"Is it me? Or is it getting crazier out there?" Warner Bros has unveiled the first teaser trailer for Joker, the new solo movie about The Joker, being played by the magnificent Joaquin Phoenix. This new take on the legendary Batman villain is being directed by Todd Phillips (of Old School, The Hangover, War Dogs), taking a step away from his comedic roots to make something a bit more, shall we say… intense. The only real synopsis so far just states: "A failed stand-up comedian is driven insane and becomes a psychopathic murderer." But who knows how much we'll really learn about his roots? In addition to Phoenix, the cast of Joker includes Zazie Beetz, Robert De Niro, Bryan Callen, Shea Whigham, Frances Conroy, Glenn Fleshler, Brett Cullen, Marc Maron, Josh Pais, Bill Camp, and Douglas Hodge as Alfred. This is a slick first teaser, gives us enough of a first look at this and how dark, gritty, and twisted it will be.
Here's the first teaser trailer (+ teaser poster) for Todd Phillips' Joker movie, direct from WB's YouTube:
In 1981, a failed stand-up comedian, disregarded by his society, turns to a life of crime and chaos in Gotham City. Joker is directed (and produced) by American filmmaker Todd Phillips, director of the films Road Trip, Old School, Starsky & Hutch, School for Scoundrels, The Hangover, Due Date, The Hangover Part II & III, and War Dogs previously. The screenplay is written by Scott Silver and Todd Phillips. Based on the comic book character created by Bill Finger, Bob Kane, and Jerry Robinson, who first appeared in the debut issue of the comic book Batman (in 1940), published by DC Comics. Warner Bros will release Phillips' Joker in theaters everywhere starting October 4th, 2019 later this year. First impression? Looking good?
Could this be the second good DC movie out there...? After Wonder Woman? Hmmmm?
Joe Kundlak on Apr 3, 2019
This looks confusing.
Brandon Cole on Apr 3, 2019
I dont have a lot of interest in a Joker stand alone. But man if I'm not excited to see Pheonix in this role.
Jon Odishaw on Apr 3, 2019
I don't get it, looks dark, just like bvs did, almost everybody hated that movie (i loved it), everyone seems to love this trailer
tancoiu on Apr 3, 2019
Same here, same here. And I stopped wondering about that for some time now. People are just shallow. Anyway, you're my hero for today ...
shiboleth on Apr 3, 2019
BvS was tonally up and down, and while I liked the actors as their characters the dialogue and story was pretty terrible. This looks like tonally consistent character piece, an origin story that I actually want to see and the acting looks excellent, a sort of Falling Down in Gotham City.
El_MUERkO on Apr 3, 2019
Nothing beats heath ledger, but this looks certified cool!
ari smulders on Apr 3, 2019
I think it gonna be great. Joaquin Phoenix is one of the finest actors today, and he seems perfect for this interesting role.
Håkan on Apr 3, 2019
Still not sure what to think of this. It looks good, but at the same time seems so detached from that universe, which I suppose could be a good thing. I don't know, it just feels like it would benefit from being its own story, and not a part of the Batman IP. Looking forward to seeing a bit more, and I'm sure Phoenix will be great.
grimjob on Apr 3, 2019
This joker looks like a hapless, bumbling idiot compared to Heath Ledgers insane genius. Not digging it yet.
ion677 on Apr 3, 2019
dan on Apr 3, 2019
Do remember Heath Ledger wasn't considered an insane genius until the Dark Knight was released. Prior to that, in 2006-2007 the "Internets" reaction to his casting/trailer appearance sounded just like your's of Joaquin's performance in this trailer. So far I like what I see.
Oblique on Apr 3, 2019
Ledger's casting was such an odd choice. It didn't make sense to me until they started with the promotional photos, and then I became optimistic. I'm sure Phoenix will crush it.
grimjob on Apr 3, 2019
Yes, this seems more of a John Wayne Gacy serial killer type.
Juan_Delacruz7 on Jul 29, 2019
Stop ruining this character please. If you want a hardcore kick butt Joker watch "31", specifically Richard Brake's character.
CyraNOSE on Apr 3, 2019
Look up "The King of Comedy"...
Movies Are Fun on Apr 3, 2019
Well this definitely not "The Killing Joke" and I was kind of hoping for a take on that. Instead we get a bullied mama's boy who goes insane? Kinda also picking up some Norman Bates vibes too... I guess the only thing I'm confident in, is seeing Joaquin Phoenix's performance. Good story or bad, he's probably going to make this memorable.
THE_RAW_ on Apr 3, 2019
Yea, I agree. The trailer was kind of lame in that 'bullied mama's boy' goes crazy and starts killing justification or whatever. I like Phoenix, but he seemed a bit crazy and over the top weird that I found more just acting rather than believable character. Hard to say as he's such a good actor and must be given the benefit of it being out of context and within the whole might be spot on. Still, I shall wait for it on cable.
thespiritbo on Apr 3, 2019
He's going to be good, of course. As for the comparisons with Heath Ledger, I don't know. I think they might be both good, only they have different approaches. But still, let's see this one first ...
shiboleth on Apr 3, 2019
Thank you Unbreakable. I know I'm a villian. All I need is a hero. Look, there's he is..., Batman.
PARANAM on Apr 3, 2019
I am interested to see if Todd Phillips can dance the dramatic dance. We now have seen McKay transition into more serious content. Time will tell.
DAVIDPD on Apr 3, 2019
For a teaser, this looks very...kinetic.
Whichhalfofthewit on Apr 3, 2019
capitandelespacio on Apr 4, 2019
BenderRodriguezIII on Apr 4, 2019
I'm not sure I'm in love with this as a Joker movie, but Joaquin is so awesome I'll see it just for him. I don't know that I've ever seen or read a real Joker origin story though. That alone makes me think we kind of need one.
Mark on Apr 4, 2019
The DC universe is such an uneven mess.... unsalvageable in my opinion, notwithstanding the odd decent entry here and there.
Godstrike on Apr 5, 2019
Jayzuz, Joaquin always manages to get out beyond the perimeters. Respect!
Godstrike on Apr 5, 2019
Against having a Joker standalone movie...but i will always stand with Joaquin Phoenix, and i am seeing it mainly because of him
Have Hope on Apr 5, 2019
I only like origin stories if they are good / accurate. The Joker was never depicted this way in the comics, that's not how he got the joker face, he's not a coward, etc.. Looks like this was made for the sissy weaklings parents are raising these days, they will probably enjoy it!
Electronic Eric on Apr 5, 2019
Holy mackarel, I'm so down for this. Last superhero film I watched was The Dark Knight Rises, but this is something else! Mostly looking forward to this because of Phoenix, but the direction looks spot on, too.
Terry Craig on Apr 5, 2019
Oh wow you're so cool because you don't watch superhero films! NO ONE CARES.
DavideCoppola on Apr 5, 2019
You're wrong. I care. I don't watch them either, but I think you're a bit sensitive and taking Mr. Craig's post personally. I didn't get in the least that he thought he was cool because he doesn't watch superhero movies. I took him as just stating he hasn't watched one since The Dark Knight Rises. His right by the way, and what's with this 'NO' one cares? How the hell do you know what everyone cares about or not? Do you see how ridiculous and infantile that is? Just saying, bubba. Mr. Craig's post was pretty intelligent and quite articulate in his stating his views and opinions. I can't say the same for your reply. You might try to relax and get a grip....or not!...lol...
thespiritbo on Apr 5, 2019
Please tell me this'll be rated "R".
JohnDoeB on Apr 6, 2019
I hope this works out. I've been asking for more villain movies to lead into Hero movies.
Ryan Swick on Apr 20, 2019
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