We finally got a glimpse of Joaquin Phoenix as The Joker today. And we're in for a treat.
Todd Phillips directs this movie which acts an origin story for the arch nemesis of the Caped Crusader. It has that sort of old school Martin Scorcese Taxi Driver or King of Comedy feel to it, which I like. We get a preview of what might become that trademark cackle by movie's end.
We're told by several members of the cast that this isn't really a superhero movie. Batman doesn't appear. It's a character study on one man's decent into madness. Robert DeNiro co-stars alongside Zazie Beets, Bryan Tyree Henry, and Marc Maron.
I feel this movie is either going to be an instant classic or a complete and utter failure. No one will think it's "just OK". This trailer doesn't have me entirely sold yet, but I like the direction we're heading.
Joker hits theaters October 4th.