One of the tranquil things about a movie is the delivery of a believable fantasy that the world wants to be apart of. This method is always so delicately captured and transpired within the DC franchise. The latest mastermind to be highlighted from Gotham city is the Joker, who is the famed villain of Batman, all around bad ass, and fan favorite.
The R-rated Joker, which is directed by Todd Phillips, will be set in the era of the early ’80s focusing on the beginnings of The Joker as his alias Arthur Fleck and his transition into the bad guy after a failed stand-up comedian attempt that started his downward spiral. In the latest and final trailer, we see Fleck in a new light being repeatedly bullied and taunted and seen as an ‘outcast of the world’ that ‘never knew he really even existed.’
“I wouldn’t quite classify this as like any genre,” Phoenix told Collider. “I wouldn’t say it’s a superhero movie, or a studio movie or a … It feels unique, and I think more then anything, and probably the most important thing, is Todd [Phillips] seems very passionate about it and very giving, and so that’s exciting. I think, underneath the excitement of these films, and the size of them, there are these incredible characters that are dealing with real life struggles. And sometimes that is uncovered and exposed, and sometimes it isn’t, and so I always felt, like, there were characters in comics that were really interesting and deserve the opportunity to be kind of studied. And so I think that’s what Todd sees appealing about this idea.”
Phoenix submerged himself in an abundant amount of research in preparation for the new role. During prep and transforming into the character he quickly resonated with what’s most important about the DC Villain – most notably, the maniacal laugh. Phoenix did a significant amount of research to get into the classic Batman character. In an interview earlier this month about the film, Phoenix said he had studied the aura of pathological laughter and crying for the role. “I saw videos showing people suffering from pathological laughter, a mental illness that makes mimicry uncontrollable,” he stated.
Joker will makes it debut at the upcoming Venice Film Festival on August 31 with it’s worldwide release on October 4th. Keep it locked here for first reactions of the private viewing before the global release.