The Joker origin film director Todd Phillips has revealed what his Clown Prince of Crime looks like.
In a short screen test, Joaquin Phoenix can be seen staring blankly into the camera before cracking a small smile. We then flash to Phoenix in full clown makeup, though interestingly, he’s not sporting the Joker’s traditional white face or green hair.
— Warner Bros. Pictures (@wbpictures) September 21, 2018
We’ve previously seen Phoenix in an on-set photo, but this is the first time the actor has been shown sporting the full Joker look. We have to admit, we like this look much better than Jared Leto’s version of the character, but we’ll have to wait and see how this new interpretation translates to the screen.
In addition to Phoenix, the Joker film also stars Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz (Deadpool 2’s Domino) and Marc Maron.
Joker: Origins (or whatever it ends up being called) hits theaters on Oct. 4, 2019.
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The Joker is Batman’s archenemy and one of the most original and popular comic book villains of all time. He has also been the subject of some of the best comic book stories ever conceived, from “The Dark Knight Returns” and “The Killing Joke” to “A Death in the Family,” and the Joker’s popularity has translated to the big screen too. Actors ranging from Jack Nicholson to Heath Ledger (who won a posthumous Oscar for his portrayal) have played the maniacal clown. Most recently, the Joker can be seen in the live action film Suicide Squad, as played by Jared Leto (who continues to grumble publicly about his deleted scenes), and in the animated adaptation of Batman: The Killing Joke performed by longtime Joker voice actor Mark Hamill. Yet despite his influence, a lot is still not known about Gotham City’s most infamous evildoer. Here are 10 little known facts about the Joker that you may not have been aware of.
10. The Joker Has Been With Batman From The Beginning
If you’re wondering how long the Joker has been tormenting Batman and the citizens of Gotham City, the answer is since the very beginning. In fact, the Joker first appeared in Batman issue #1 published on April 25, 1940. Batman creator Bob Kane conceived the Joker at the same time he came up with the idea of a standalone Batman comic book series, figuring that an insane clown would be the perfect foil for the Dark Knight. Interestingly, the original script for Batman #1 had the Joker being killed off at the end of the comic book, but editors at DC Comics liked the character so much that they intervened and had the script re-written so that the Joker would live and continue to serve as a foil to Batman for years to come.