Joaquin Phoenix Transforms Into the 'Joker' In Dark, Intense First Trailer

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In the meantime, watch the teaser trailer...

Multiple Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix will be starring as Gotham City's Clown Prince Of Crime - The Joker. He's trying to find his way in the world, attempting to fulfill his mother's constant reminders that he's meant to bring joy and laughter to the world. "I used to think my life was a tragedy", he says.

The trailer continues with a montage of scenes highlighting the character's mental health issues, his transformation into the villain and the rampage he would soon go on.

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The first trailer for Joaquin Phoenix's take on the iconic Batman villain Joker is out and wow, it may give you serious nightmares.

Joker Trailer: Joaquin Phoenix in a still from the trailer. Picture: Press/ Warner Bros.

The nemesis of Batman in movies, comics and television, among many other mediums, he has been a staple in almost every facet of Batman-adjacent media.

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Written by Phillips alongside Scott Silver, the movie is being pitched as both a gritty character study and broader cautionary tale with Phoenix taking centre stage.

Ledger, who died in 2008, won a posthumous Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as the Joker in Christopher Nolan's acclaimed The Dark Knight. Over the course of the trailer, we see Arthur spiral into madness as he realizes he can turn his tragic life into a "comedy".

Since then Jared Leto has tried and failed to replicate some of that magic with his own twist on the character in the lamentable Suicide Squad film. Getting an actor as committed to frightening physical transformations as Phoenix will surely help, as will the impressive supporting cast including Zazie Beetz, Marc Maron, Brian Tyree Henry, Robert De Niro, and Brett Cullen as an asshole Thomas Wayne. His body language, his gaze and even his make-up is spot on and it makes us hopeful for a great Joker film.

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Joker opens in theaters on October 4.