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Our First Looks Into Todd Phillips’ JOKER

Filming in the busy streets of New York city surrounded by curious bystanders and nosy paparazzi, director Todd Phillips is feeling a bit bitter about the lack of privacy.

Unfortunately, with the likes of Deadpool star Zazie Beetz and world-renown Joaquin Phoenix playing beloved comic characters in a popular fandom franchise, keeping anything about the new Joker movie is a tall task.

So, in an effort to push past the unwelcome publicity, Phillips has decided to play Joker gatekeeper but releasing movie teases before the paparazzi does.

We have paparazzi all over our set, at every turn. And it bums me out that they constantly put out their bad shots […] so I figure, may as well put out some good ones.

Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Makeup Look

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Unlike prior depictions of the infamous Joker, Phoenix’s version hopes to present a more compassionate look at our villain by delving more into the backstory of how this failed stand-up comedian goes insane and consequently becomes the murdering psychopath that we know and love.

Here’s a video that shows Phoenix’s character gradually morphing into The Joker:

Other stars in this film include Robert De Niro, Bill Camp, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Douglas Hodge, Marc Maron, Josh Pais, and Shea Whigham.

Phillips’ Joker is said to be inspired by Martin Scorsese’s darkly comedic drama The King of Comedy, but Batman fans have duly noted that the premise very accurately parallels to the origin story given to the Joker in Alan Moore’s polarizing comic The Killing Joke.

Joker is currently in production and is expected to be released next year.

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