Joaquin Phoenix is the Joker in the forthcoming origin film from Warner Bros. While we got a look at the actor on set this past weekend, today (Sept. 21), fans got blessed with a tease of the actor in full Joker makeup.
Phoenix stars the title role alongside Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro, while the film is directed, produced and co-written by the Oscar-nominated Todd Phillips.
The video shared by director Todd Philips is called a “camera test with sound” of the Arthur Fleck (Phoenix) character in the film. Described as “a man disregarded by society,” this is who will eventually become the Batman’s greatest and deadliest foe in a film that shows “not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale,” per Warner Bros.
Unless you’re already afraid of clowns, the look doesn’t exactly inspire fear. But it is just a “test” so we can’t be sure this is what the proper Joker will actually look like in the film. In the comics, the Joker’s natural skin tone is chalky white while his treacherous leer doesn’t require any makeup.
Now if ran into Phoenix walking down a dark street dressed like this, he is catching a proper fade, and we’ll ask questions later.
Joker is due in theaters October 4, 2019. Check out Twitter reactions to the reveal in the gallery.
Made a Gif of the Joaquin Phoenix Joker Makeup reveal! pic.twitter.com/WD1nELgWnx— RickyFTW (@rickyftw) September 21, 2018
YOU CANT LOCK UP THE HYPENESS pic.twitter.com/ObD5q25ejQ— Mark Scovzen (@midsommark) September 21, 2018
He looks like a skinny John Wayne Gacy pic.twitter.com/OFIqk2cdgz— Josh K. Elliott (@joshkelliott) September 21, 2018
Already better then the entire Suicide Squad movie pic.twitter.com/EzhPf76C3S— Baked Ziti 🍝 (@Zito215) September 21, 2018
I'm old enough to remember the reaction to the first image of Heath as the Joker, so...— C.S.R. Calloway (@ChanceCalloway) September 21, 2018
I give no fucks until I see a full trailer. pic.twitter.com/AJuoKKCf1t
Check out this first look at Joaquin Phoenix as The Joker pic.twitter.com/2GWHhdFKnP— Butch Hartman (@realhartman) September 21, 2018
I can't believe people are questioning whether Joaquin Phoenix will make a good Joker. Are you all kidding me? The guy is not only one of the best actors of his generation, but he does "repressed creepy weirdo" better than anyone. Already the best Joker and filming hasnt started.— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) September 21, 2018
I dunno about this new Joker who doesn’t have the word “damaged” tattooed on his forehead. How am I supposed to know whether he’s damaged or not now?— Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) September 21, 2018