Watch the first trailer for Joker below:
Here’s the official synopsis:
In 1981, a failed stand-up comedian named Arthur Fleck (Phoenix) disregarded by the society turns to a life of crime and chaos in Gotham City.
While audiences are no strangers to superhero cinema, they’ve never seen anything like this before. Dark, brooding and filled with psychological malice, Joker appear to be a hard-edged psychological thriller that will take audiences into the black edges of the mind with it’s tale of a man who slowly begins to lose his mind with terrifying results.
Joker is a completely new step forward for Phillips, and you can forget about any type of Hangover style comedy here. With it’s grimy palette and edgy style, Joker is bearing influences from the likes of the work of Martin Scorsese and Darren Aronofsky, and this trailer will absolutely have you on edge. This is clearly filmmaking that goes right for your throat, and it’s going to be a completely wild ride.
While Phillips may be at the command of this madness train, it’s Joaquin Phoenix who takes audiences on this journey of insanity as Arthur Fleck and his transformation into the savage and unhinged Fleck is brilliant! Gaunt, pale, unkemp and completely out of control, Phoenix is definitely going to unnerve audiences here…and his laugh is tinged with creepiness which will send a shiver down your spine.
Juxtaposing themes of joy and comedy with horror and mania, Joker is going to be one seriously intense watch, and is set to re-interpret both The Joker and the Batman mythos in a whole new light. And I’ve also got to praise the trailer’s use of Nat King Cole’s ‘Smile’ which only adds to the mounting psychological tension and makes for a perfect fit here with Joker.
Get ready for something completely bold, original and new when the world’s greatest supervillain arrives in cinemas on October 3.