The details of the upcoming Joker origin movie from The Hangover director Todd Phillips and star Joaquin Phoenix has been shrouded in mystery, but some very public shoots in NYC have continuously revealed some very interesting sequences and character designs that showcase the gritty look this film is aiming for.
Today, WB finally shed some light on what to expect in the film as they have released an official synopsis in the studio’s official 2019 editorial guide:
“Drama. Joker centers around the iconic arch-nemesis and is an original, standalone story not seen before on the big screen. The exploration of Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix), a man disregarded by society, is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.”
A cautionary tale. That line in particular is interesting as it paints this movie as what could happen if you truly lose yourself in madness. Given that this film looks to take some inspiration from Alan Moore’s The Killing Joke, Todd Phillips’ Joker looks to demonstrate what “one bad day” can do to a person’s mentality.
Joker hits theatres on October 4, 2019