Test Footage Reveals Joaquin Phoenix's Joker In Full Makeup

Joaquin Phoenix as Joker

First Look: Joaquin Phoenix in Full Joker Makeup

"This was only a screen test and even if they'll ended up using this looks, it'll probably be the first main act of the movie and not the final look", one Instagrammer wrote. "Joker." Opening on a makeup/wardrobe test slate that describes the look as "full white", the footage first shows Phoenix's Arthur standing in a mustard yellow jacket, his hands in his pockets and his disheveled half-mullet hair-do hanging around his unassuming but clearly tired face. Images of a clown are overlaid on Phoenix via the projector, as the camera begins to zoom in on his face. It shows Phoenix in costume looking somewhat normal under flashing clown images - until the video cuts to him in full face makeup sporting a wicked grin. This could just be coincidence, but if not, and with a separate Joker standalone movie planned with Jared Leto, could this be an origin story focused around the Joker we see in The Dark Knight trilogy? Phillips' exploration of Arthur Fleck (Phoenix), a man disregarded by society, is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.

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We'll be sure to get more footage of Phoenix's Joker as filming continues on the project, and with it, hopefully some answers to boot. It is scheduled to be released on October 4, 2019. The film also stars Zazie Beetz, Robert DeNiro, Marc Maron, Frances Conroy, and Josh Pais.

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