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Joker Movie Trailer

The First Teaser For Joaquin Phoenix's Joker Is Equal Parts Terrifying and Tragic

A gritty origin story about Batman's archenemy, the Joker, is making its way to theaters, and it looks equal parts terrifying and tragic. This time around, Joaquin Phoenix is playing the villain, Arthur, and judging from the first teaser, above, he appears to be putting a uniquely sad spin on the character people have seen played by everyone from Jack Nicholson to Heath Ledger.

According to the studio, Joker's story will pick up with the character in Gotham City in the early 1980s prior to his life as a criminal mastermind, resulting in an "exploration of a man disregarded by society [that] is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale." Phoenix stars in the film alongside Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy (as Arthur's mother), and Robert De Niro (who plays a talk-show host who has a hand in driving Arthur toward a life of crime).

Watch the first teaser for Joker above before it arrives in theaters in October.

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