First Look of Joaquin Phoenix As the Joker

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In the weeks following the announcement that the Old Country for Old Men star would be playing the role, fans set their minds to developing various pieces of fan art imagining what his Joker would look like.

Below is a photo shared by director Todd Philips on Sunday revealing "Arthur", a.k.a. Phoenix in the film. The Jokers first name is not merely "The", but actually Arthur.

The now untitled movie is described as "an exploration of a man disregarded by society that is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale".

But! Joker also has a really great cast, including Joaquin Phoenix, Robert DeNiro, Frances Conroy, Zazie Beetz and Marc Maron. According to Phillips' post, Phoenix's character will be called Arthur.

Check out the pic of Phoenix in pre-Joker mode.

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Previous depictions of the Clown Prince of Crime had the villain originally with the moniker "Jack" as seen in the 1989 Batman film and the 1993 animated film Batman: Mask of the Phantasm.

Todd Phillips making a serious, grounded movie about the Joker is odd enough. It will be made on a budget of 55 million dollars and will be more of a dark character study than the usual comic-book caper.

Phoenix's look - free of clown makeup - is presumably how we first meet the character in the film. For the time being, Jared Leto will continue to play Joker there. It looks like a screen test of Phoenix with a stern look through his long brown hair.

Joker is filming right now, and is set to be released in October.