The first trailer for Joker finally gives us a good look at Joaquin Phoenix’s take on the iconic character, and it looks like the he’s going to change the way we look at the Batman ‘villain’ forever.
Instead of seeing the Joker as an inexplicably sadistic creep, Joker paints a picture of a tragic young man who battles with some serious mental health issues and trauma to the point where he becomes unhinged.
"The worst part of having a mental illness is people expect you to behave as if you don't" -arthur fleck pic.twitter.com/J4NGMv6Uq2
— dodgé (@teethlbbites) April 3, 2019
Between the music, the Scorsese feel of the trailer, and Joaquin’s incredible performance, you can’t help but empathise with the Joker.
While the film is clearly intending to play on our heart strings, they aren’t afraid to slip in a little light-hearted joke. The Joker’s name is Arthur Fleck, as in A.Fleck. As in Ben Affleck, who played the Joker’s nemesis Batman.
There is some deep trolling going on when you give the real name of Batman's greatest villain as A.Fleck. #JokerMovie
— Nat Gertler (@NatGertler) April 3, 2019
But obviously, Joker is set way before Batman’s time, and we even catch a glimpse of young Bruce Wayne in the trailer.
— Robert (@DemiFiendRSA) April 3, 2019
Joker is set to be released on October 3 in Australia, and October 4 in the US and UK.