Watch Joaquin Phoenix Transform Into the Famous Villain in First Joker Trailer

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Robert De Niro also stars in the upcoming release, as well as Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Marc Maron and Douglas Hodge. Expectations will be high nonetheless, thanks to legendary performances from the likes of Jack Nicholson in 1989's Batman and Heath Ledger in 2008's The Dark Knight. Through it all he forces a smile to stay on his face until something goes really wrong - the trailer doesn't show us what finally tips Fleck past the breaking point.

Directed by Todd Phillips (The Hangover and Old School), Joker follows failed stand-up comedian Arthur Fleck (Phoenix) as he's driven to insanity and becomes the murderous Joker.

While the standalone Joker movie was met with a fair amount of skepticism upon announcement, it's clear that a lot of fans are coming around to the project, and the new trailer will likely help matters.

All in all, it proved a tremendously effective introduction to a new version of a character we've seen in countless iterations already - and I say that as someone who was initially skeptical of the whole endeavor.

The 44-year-old actor is transformed into the classic Batman villain in the poster, with his hair slicked-back and his face painted with white makeup and a red clown smile.

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While plot details of the film have been kept under wraps, Phoenix previously opened up about taking on the character in a July interview with the website Collider.

Forget what you may have heard: Todd Phillips' Joker isn't what you're expecting.

The poster for Joker film starring Joaquin Phoenix.

Joker hits theaters on October 4. As per Her movie star, "It feels unique, it is its own world in some ways, and maybe". Not much about the movie has been revealed until today, and now we've got an in-depth look at what this film is going to look like, and it's as dark and twisted as you can imagine.

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