Director shares first photo of Joaquin Phoenix in standalone 'Joker' film

Joaquin Phoenix starrer Joker

According to Phillips' post, Phoenix's character will be called Arthur. Phillips is known for helming The Hangover comedy trilogy.

Phoenix will be joined by Zazie Beetz and Robert DeNiro, however contrary to previous reports, Alec Baldwin has not signed on to play Batman's father in the film. The real name of Joker was earlier leaked as Arthur Fleck.

Check out the pic of Phoenix in pre-Joker mode. The set photos that appeared on some publications showed that Phoenix has lost a considerable amount of weight for the role, and that is apparent here. After all, the Joker's skinniness is part of what makes him eerie. It will explore the life of a man destined to become Gotham City's Clown Prince of Crime. So, it will be interesting to see how comic book fans react to what Todd Phillips and Phoenix are creating together. The green hair, the chalk-white face and an unnaturally wide smile. As Joker himself says in Alan Moore and Brian Bolland's The Killing Joke (which this movie may take some inspiration from), "If I'm going to have a past, I prefer it to be multiple choice!" It also boasts a modest $55 million price tag, which is significantly lower than most other tentpole flicks in the genre. It is worth noting that this film will not be associated with the DC film universe. Check out the photo in the gallery below, and you can also click on the link to Just Jared for a look at some of Phoenix on the Harlem, New York set! "And so I think that's what Todd sees appealing about this idea".

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