Warner Bros. has just finished its annual presentation at CinemaCon and in yada, yada, yada. Joker looks damned unbelievable. I tweeted that an hour ago, and I stand by this insightful assessment. Do not worry, you will all be able to watch the Trailer Joker tomorrow. So if you want to go fresh, stop reading. Those who dare to continue are ahead of Verderber.
The trailer for Jimmy Durante's "Smile" opens happily. Joaquin Phoenix explains to a therapist that his mother has always told him "Smile and make a happy face," and he always believed that his goal was "to bring laughter and joy to the world." Obviously, that's why he's becoming a comedian, but things are not working right on this front. Things are starting to get too sour. It does not take long for Arthur to wonder, "Is it just me, or does it get crazier there?" We see Arthur being hit in a subway train while his attackers call him a "freak." They tell us that Gotham has lost. We hear someone, possibly Thomas Wayne, say, "What coward would do something cold-blooded? Someone hiding behind a mask. "Or maybe someone else recites the second sentence. It happened so fast and to be honest, I tried to enjoy the moment.
As the trailer progresses, the tone grows increasingly darker, even though Arthur says "I used to think my life was a tragedy, but now I realize … it's a comedy." and in the end it feels like we've seen Arthur embrace his dark side and become a criminal mastermind named Joker. This is a movie that seems to be a 70-year character study of a man trying to make sense of his life to find. He thought it was one thing, but it turned
Regular viewers of Collider Movie Talk will know that I'm not a big comic movie, but that's my comic movie. If I had to choose between a ticket to this movie and something like Avengers: Endgame I take Joker every damn time. I'm curious how a movie like this really dives into the head of his main character and investigates what drives him. I am more interested in the psyche of a cartoon character, damaged or otherwise, than for me, when on the big screen again and again breathtaking physical strength can be seen. Director Todd Phillips does not seem to be interested in this type of film either. He prefers to investigate the depths of the criminal mind, and the Joker creates a certain canvas.
Obviously, Joker is much darker than other DC films such as Aquaman . and Shazam! and it seems to stand alone, rather than being part of the larger DCEU. Some on Twitter got a Taxi Driver vibe from the trailer, and that's a fair comparison since Phillips seems to channel his inner scorsese here. Although his protagonist may disagree, Phillips emphasized that he sees the film as a tragedy and thinks Phoenix would agree.
It's worth noting that I have a quick look at Brian Tyree Henry in the trailer, and I do not think his casting was ever announced before, so that's exciting. I'm also looking forward to seeing where Zazie Beetz fits in with this urban hellscale, as the trailer positions her as a possible love interest for Arthur. We are all excited to see Robert De Niro as a TV presenter, possibly involved in Arthur's decoding.
Warner Bros. will release Joker on October 1st. I can not wait to see Phillips and Phoenix meet the clown Prince of Crime. Stay tuned for more stories from CinemaCon, including our presentation of the rest of WB's presentation, which includes new material from Doctor Sleep and the sequels to Wonder Woman and . 19659010].