DC’s Joker Origin Film Receives Chilling First Trailer (VIDEO)
DC’s new film slate has already given fans an epic undersea adventure with Aquaman and is set to explore decidedly lighter fare with Shazam! later this week. However, one particularly darker film has been simmering behind the scenes until the proper moment, a planned comic book adaptation of iconic Batman supervillain The Joker. With an intriguing premise and some considerable talent behind-the-scenes, DC has now let loose the first trailer for the simply-titled origin film Joker.
Directed by Todd Phillips and starring actor Joaquin Phoenix, the film follows a down-trodden comedian who finds himself on a violent descent into madness; eventually donning the persona of the clown prince of crime. Though we’ve seen various looks at this new version of the character through set photos and an especially-memorable camera test, this new trailer is nonetheless pretty chilling, teasing quite the unique origin story that has yet to be told on the big screen. Check out the Joker trailer below.
Following a string of divisive films (the exception being Wonder Woman, of course) it seems DC has got a pretty interesting slate on their hands for the foreseeable future. Following her big screen debut in 2016’s Suicide Squad, several Harley Quinn-inclusive projects are in the works such as next year’s team-up Birds of Prey as well as a new iteration of The Suicide Squad from Guardians of the Galaxy 3 director James Gunn. There’s also the myriad of expected sequels on the horizon such as Wonder Woman 1984 and an unspecified follow-up to Aquaman.
Joker releases in theaters on October 10th.
What do you think? Are you wowed by this new Joker trailer, or do you think Heath Ledger’s version from The Dark Knight will be a tough one to beat? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow Don’t Feed the Gamers on Twitter and Facebook to be informed of the latest gaming and entertainment news 24 hours a day! For more headlines recently featured on DFTG, check out these next few news stories:
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