Be prepared to be creeped out as the new trailer for JOKER was released today. Joaquin Phoenix can be one weird dude, so it makes complete sense to have him in this position. Here’s a little breakdown of what to expect from our friends at USA Today:
Director Todd Phillips revealed the first footage of the long-discussed origin story for the DC Comics arch-villain – with Phoenix as the malevolent force behind the freaky clown smile. Phillips showed the teaser trailer at CinemaCon, the national convention of theater owners in Las Vegas, to kick off the Warner Bros./DC Comics slate on Tuesday. The teaser was released online Wednesday, with the movie’s Twitter account tweeting, “Put on a happy face.” The trailer shows Phoenix’s Arthur Fleck as a frequently dejected man stumbling through the streets of Gotham. “My mother always tells me to smile and put on a happy face – she told me I had a purpose to bring laughter and joy to the world,” he says in a montage, dressed as an entertaining clown.