Phillips, Phoenix Discuss Violence and Identity in 'Joker'

Lawrence Kim
August 31, 2019

Joker starring Joaquin Phoenix is set to be an origin story. Premiering at the Venice Film Festival tomorrow night, and screening again at the Toronto International Film Festival (at which Phoenix will also be receiving a Tribute Actor Award) in the coming weeks, Warner Bros.is putting a lot of eggs into Phillips' basket when it comes to awards consideration. The film will serve as DC's first outing beyond its the current cinematic universe since it was launched by Zack Snyder in 2013 with Man of Steel in order to create new and unique storylines as the studio expands DC canon. Joining Phoenix will be Robert De Niro as Murray Franklin, a comedian obsessed with a talk show host, as well as Zazie Beetz, who happens to be a woman Arthur is in love with. It is slated for release in the United States on October 4.

The latest trailer is simply breathless, and gritty in a way we haven't seen since Heath Ledger's portrayal of the criminal in The Dark Knight.

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