The Final Joker Trailer Promises an Origin Story for the Ages

Earlier this morning the final trailer to Todd Phillips’ Joker movie dropped. From a production that’s been relatively hushed up on details, the latest trailer reveals more about everyone’s favourite crazy clown’s origins story. We’ve done a bit of snooping and here’s what we know so far.

Warner Bros. has described the movie as “Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck, who is indelibly portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, is of a man struggling to find his way in Gotham’s fractured society. A clown-for-hire by day, he aspires to be a stand-up comic at night, but finds the joke always seems to be on him. Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty, Arthur makes one bad decision that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events in this gritty character study.”

Some of the more hardcore Batman fan’s will notice that Phillips’ Joker seems to ignore the original origins story for the Clown Prince of Crime. Phillips will be seen to lean more on a psyche study of Arthur Fleck as he descends into insanity. This grittier, darker approach to the Joker harks back to Ledger’s Oscar-winning portrayal in 2008’s The Dark Knight, rather than Leto’s uninspired performance in Suicide Squad.

With so much interest in Batman’s archnemesis, Warner Bros. is taking particular care to distance this film from other iterations, noting that Joker is: “An original, standalone fictional story not seen before on the big screen.”

Joker is in cinemas from the 4th of October.