The Creepy First Trailer for Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker is Here

Joaquin Phoenix in "Joker"

Warner Bros. finally gave us a good look at their highly anticipated Joker standalone movie by revealing the poster and presenting us with the first teaser trailer for the feature.

The movie, which tells the origin story of the infamous DC villain, is directed by Todd Phillips and stars Joaquin Phoenix in the lead role. It is intended to kick off a series of films that will be based on the DC characters but also be separate from the larger DC Extended Universe.

The first Joker trailer introduces Phoenix as failed stand-up comedian Arthur Fleck who is getting through tough times which include being attacked on the street and humiliated in public. All of this takes a tool on Arthur’s sanity, and he begins a descent into becoming Clown Prince of Crime. At the end of the trailer, we see Arthur’s full transformation into Joker as he puts on the villain’s classic costume.

The clip also features a nod to Martin Scorsese’s The King of Comedy with Robert De Niro making a cameo as a talk show host. This movie reportedly served as an inspiration for Phillips to create the tone of Joker.

Watch the teaser trailer below.

Joker is scheduled for release on October 4, 2019. Besides Joaquin Phoenix, the movie also stars Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, and Douglas Hodge among others.