Watch Joaquin Phoenix Become the Clown Prince of Crime in First Joker Trailer

While Jared Leto’s current iteration of the Joker has an uncertain future, DC and Warner Brothers have been hard at work to bring fans a more grounded version of Gotham’s greatest villain… and they’ve just given us our first peek.

Put on a happy face…

The movie unsurprisingly seems to be leaning toward a tone more akin to Hugh Jackman’s last outing in Logan. If Joker can make sense of the character’s origins without underselling him as just another poor, misunderstood soul in an uncaring world, the film might have a shot at something special. It’s hard to tell from what little we see here, aside from Joaquin Phoenix’s usual level of very method acting. We’ll have to see where it takes us.

Joker hits theaters on October 4th, 2019.

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