The latest trailer for Joaquin Phoenix's Joker is about to drop and the new film looks like it's going to be a chilling addition to the Batman story.
The Walk the Line star will play the latest version of the green-haired villain in a much-anticipated origin story. Little has been known about the story, and we've only been treated to a few shots of The Joker in his final, freaky form.
I think it's fair to say, he pulls off the 'clown prince of crime' routine quite well. Before the Joker was a green, mean killing machine he was known as Arthur Fleck, a struggling comedian who makes his money dressed as a clown, holding up signs on the sidewalk.
Director Todd Philips told Empire that the film would be taking a different approach. He said: "We didn't follow anything from the comic-books, which people are gonna be mad about.
"We just wrote our own version of where a guy like Joker might come from. That's what was interesting to me. We're not even doing Joker, but the story of becoming Joker. It's about this man."
There had been some rumours that the Joker's real name is actually designed to troll a Batman actor. That's because his surname in the movie is Fleck - which, paired with Arthur, could be A. Fleck. Like Ben Affleck, who used to play Batman. Bit of a stretch? I think so.
However, judging by the reaction on Twitter, it seems most people don't think this is just a coincidence. One person said: "There is some deep trolling going on when you give the real name of Batman's greatest villain as A. Fleck."
Another said: "The Joker's name being A. Fleck has to be a joke on Ben Affleck, right? And yes, that's the only thought I have about that movie."
A third added: "Uh oh. It was just pointed out to me the joker's name in this film is Arthur Fleck... A.Fleck... Affleck... Ben Affleck... Batman..."
Phoenix himself spoke to Collider about the kind of film we can expect, saying: "I wouldn't quite classify this as like any genre.
"I wouldn't say it's a superhero movie, or a studio movie... It feels unique, and I think more than anything, and probably the most important thing, is Todd seems very passionate about it and very giving, and so that's exciting. I think, underneath the excitement of these films, and the size of them, there are these incredible characters that are dealing with real life struggles.
"And sometimes that is uncovered and exposed, and sometimes it isn't, and so I always felt, like, there were characters in comics that were really interesting and deserve the opportunity to be kind of studied. And so I think that's what Todd sees as appealing about this idea."
Joker is released on 4 October 2019.
It remains to be seen whether or not this is a good decision, or a risk that won't pay off. What we can say is that, judging by the trailer, it's definitely going to be worth a watch.Featured Image Credit: Warner Bros