Joaquin Phoenix stuns in first dark teaser trailer
Director Todd Phillips revealed the first footage of the long-discussed origin story for the DC Comics arch-villain – with Phoenix as the malevolent force behind the freaky clown smile.
Phillips showed the teaser trailer at CinemaCon, the national convention of theater owners in Las Vegas, to kick off the Warner Bros./DC Comics slate on Tuesday. The teaser was released online Wednesday, with the movie’s Twitter account tweeting, “Put on a happy face.”
The trailer shows Phoenix’s Arthur Fleck as a frequently dejected man stumbling through the streets of Gotham. “My mother always tells me to smile and put on a happy face – she told me I had a purpose to bring laughter and joy to the world,” he says in a montage, dressed as an entertaining clown.
That’s before he’s beaten and robbed by thugs. The trailer then follows Fleck into his maddening Joker descent, ending as he’s proudly strutting in the infamous clown villain attire. Phillips described the movie as a “tragedy” and decried inaccurate reports about the “Joker” project.