Moviegoers can never get enough of scary characters.
Director Todd Phillips posted a screen test recently of Joaquin Phoenix morphing into Batman’s nemesis in full makeup for the upcoming movie about the clown prince of crime.
First, Phoenix appears in his pre-villain state as the failed comic Arthur. He then smiles and the flickering and downright scary image of The Joker overtakes him. It’s even more chilling as it comes to the tune of The Guess Who’s song “Laughing.”
The film was teased by Phillips last week with a pre-makeup picture of Phoenix as “Arthur.” It apparently confirms reports that his character’s name in the movie will be Arthur Fleck.
There was also leaked footage of Phoenix’s Arthur character knocking the nose off a clown in an alley.
“The Joker” is planned for release on Oct. 4, 2019.