The first teaser trailer for director Todd Phillips’ origin story of the Clown Prince of Crime was released after making its debut at CinemaCon in Las Vegas with Joaquin Phoenix.
Set to Nat King Cole’s “Smile,” the footage introduces Phoenix’s Arthur Fleck as a dejected man stumbling through the streets of Gotham, trying to find respectable work as a clown (and getting beat up) and then spirals into becoming a manic criminal, at one point letting loose with the DC villain’s trademark deranged laugh as he sits inside a comedy club.
Phillips has described the film as a standalone origin story and a tragedy. Fans at CinemaCon opined that the film looked like DC’s darkest movie yet.
Joker is set for release on October 4, 2019. Zazie Beetz, Robert De Niro, Marc Maron, and Shea Wigham also star.