New photos and video from the set of Todd Phillips’ Joker movie offer the best glimpse we’ve seen thus far of the character in costume and make-up. After months of speculation, the movie is finally coming together and each passing day seems to bring more revelations about the Clown Prince of Crime’s solo outing. These pictures and video show star Joaquin Phoenix in full costume and makeup, although it remains unknown if this is indeed Joker’s final look for the film.
Joker will help to launch DC’s new banner, reportedly to be called DC Dark or DC Black, and as such, will not be a part of the DCEU. Few plot details are known, but recent set photos reveal the possibility that Arthur Fleck, as Joker is named in the film, has decided to wage war against the one percent. Fans weren’t immediately receptive to the Batman villain starring in a standalone movie, but the star-studded cast has definitely added to the film’s hype. Aside from Phoenix, the movie boasts Robert De Niro as a talk show host and Marc Maron as his producer. Brett Cullen will be portraying Bruce Wayne’s father, Thomas, with Frances Conroy and Zazie Beetz rounding out this impressive list of performers.
Hollywood Pipeline has posted a video from the set, which appears to be a very hectic scene. Fleck strolls away from the commotion, smoking a cigarette as the cops frantically run right past him. Not only does the villain look extremely calm, but also pretty satisfied with whatever chaos he has left in his wake. Just Jared has published photos from the scene as well. A couple of weeks ago, images surfaced of the Clown Prince of Crime wreaking havoc in an NYC subway station, but this is definitely the best glimpse that we have gotten so far of Phoenix in full Joker garb. Little is known of the plot, but we do know that the film will take place in the 80s, tackling Joker’s backstory as a failed comedian.
Although there are no less than six Joker movies currently in the works, Phillips’ will be the first to hit theaters. Some fans may have questioned whether or not this film was necessary, but most are excited by the prospect of seeing what an actor of Phoenix’s caliber will do with the role. As the Dark Knight’s most well known adversary, Joker has already been immortalized with more than one iconic performance. Heath Ledger set the bar high with his Oscar-winning depiction, but there was a time when no one thought he could ever live up to Jack Nicholson’s take on the character.
As more set images and videos from Joker continue to emerge, many fans are starting to get excited about this movie. Even famed Batman scribe Scott Snyder is looking forward to Phoenix’s portrayal. Audiences still have a year to wait before the film hits theaters, but from what it known thus far, the project is shaping up to be different than the Joker that viewers are already familiar with.