We have our first look at Joaquin Phoenix's unique 'Joker'

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However, filmmaker Todd Phillips (The Hangover trilogy) is about to change that with his origin movie about the insane clown, headlined by Joaquin Phoenix.

Titled simply Joker and due for release in October 4th, 2019, the film is directed by Phillips (The Hangover, War Dogs). It's technically not even confirmed that Phoenix is this movie's Joker, just that he's the star.

Phillips posted a photo of Phoenix sans Joker makeup with the caption "Arthur", which is presumably his name before he dons the creepy smile. The pic shows Phoenix looking at the camera, with a slight smile on his visage. After all, the Joker's skinniness is part of what makes him eerie.

Todd Phillips making a serious, grounded movie about the Joker is odd enough. It looks like a screen test of Phoenix with a stern look through his long brown hair.

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Joker is an origin movie, and will trace the journey of the Joker from a comedian to the Clown Prince of Crime. It is the complete opposite of the version that Jared Leto gave to fans, but that look was over-the-top and also turned many fans off.

A set of images of Joaquin on set were also shared on JustJared where Phoenix can be seen laughing manically and playing with a clown.

After the disappointing critical reception to their DC Extended Universe of movies, Warner Bros hopes for the Joker movie to start a new spin-off series of one-shot movies.

The now untitled movie is described as "an exploration of a man disregarded by society that is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale".