First Look: Joaquin Phoenix Pre-Joker

A lot of people are hoping that the upcoming Joker origin story is going to be a great character study of an admittedly interesting psychological character. Filming has just begun and the film isn’t set to be released till October 4, 2019. But director Todd Phillips has released on his Instagram the first look of Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker before his accident that turned him into the Clown Prince of Crime. In this version, the character’s name is Arthur Fleck and judging by the photo, Phoenix will once again not be afraid to immerse himself in a role:

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Arthur.

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Joker co-stars Zazie Beetz, Robert De Niro, Frances Conroy, Marc Maron, and Bryan Callen.