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.
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.
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.
Joker is due to be released in 2019