First look at Joaquin Phoenix’s fantastically creepy Joker

Joker director Todd Phillips teased haunting footage of the Walk The Line actor in the title role

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Todd Phillips, director of Warner Brothers’ upcoming film Joker, has released teaser footage of Joaquin Phoenix in the title role — and it’s already creeping us out.

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The video, posted by Phillips on Instagram, begins with a clapperboard marked simply as ‘Arthur’.

The clip then shows a long-haired Phoenix, 43, staring blankly into the distance while flashing images of clowns are superimposed onto his face — before picturing Phoenix in full Joker make-up, grinning at the camera lens.

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Camera test (w/ sound). Joker.

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The song Laughing by Canadian band The Guess Who plays in the background.

The film, which will reportedly see Robert de Niro co-star, is set to explore the origins of the iconic Batman villain, or ‘Arthur Fleck’, as he is originally known.

Reports suggest that the movie, which will be a stand-alone and separate from the beloved DC Comics franchise, will show Fleck turning to a life of crime after he gives up on a failing career in comedy.

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Joker is due to be released in 2019