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Joaquin Phoenix in "Joker" Trailer Shows Sympathetic Villain

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While it's easy to say a villain is just the product of his times, the trailer teases visual proof that Gotham is a gritty, urban wasteland that drives a man to madness.

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DC fans finally have renewed hope for a quality silver screen Joker after Jared Leto destroyed their faith in 2016.

The first trailer for Todd Phillips' Joker teases Joaquin Phoenix's committed performance as a man named Arthur, whose life unraveled before his mind did. "I used to think my life was a tragedy," he says in voiceover. "But now I realize, it's a comedy."

While it's easy to say a villain is just the product of his times, the trailer teases visual proof that Gotham is a gritty, urban wasteland that drives a man who's seen dancing with his mother to Nat King Cole's "Smile" to start a guerrilla war. We even hear samples of The Joker's maniacal laughter as it evolves over increasingly chaotic times. Phoenix's voice is gentle as Arthur asks, "is it just me or is it getting crazier out there?"

Joker opens Oct. 4.

JOKER - Teaser Trailer - In Theaters October 4 youtu.be


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