'Joker': Todd Phillips shares second look at Joaquin Phoenix as 'Arthur Fleck'

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No one is laughing at Arthur Fleck

With a little over 6 months until the release of Joaquin Phoenix’s ’Joker’, Director Todd Phillips shared a new set pic of the man who is destined to become Gotham's Clown Prince of Crime.

The pic captioned “Editing”, features Phoenix's 'Arthur Fleck' - also doing his best "Merrill Hess" impression - sitting in front of a television set with his finger presumably on the button of a VCR (that’s Video Cassette Recorder for y’all Gen. Z-ers). Could it be that Fleck is obsessing over something or someone in particular? Or is the stand-up comedian tilting over a past performance?

Warner Bros. hard-boiled standalone is said to be a gritty character study that follows the Joker’s origins as a struggling stand-up comedian. Joker will also star Zazie Beetz as Sophie Dumond, Robert De Niro as talk show host Murray Franklin, Brett Cullen as Thomas Wayne, Bill Camp as a Gotham City PD cop, and Dante Pereira-Olson as young Bruce Wayne.

It should be interesting to see how Phillips and co-writer Scott Silver plan to infuse the Wayne's and the role they'll play as part of the story's backdrop.

With post-production currently underway, all eyes will be on the release of Warner Bros. first trailer.

Joker is scheduled to hit theaters Oct. 4, 2019.

Joaquin Phoenix as 'Arthur Fleck' credit Todd Phillips/Warne
Joaquin Phoenix as 'Arthur Fleck' credit Todd Phillips/Warner Bros

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