Joaquin Phoenix in Full Joker Makeup

Carla Harmon
September 22, 2018

In the short video, we see Phoenix's character, Arthur, standing emotionless and still as lights flicker over his face while Laughing by The Guess Who plays.

The look is definitely more clown-like than a lot of previous incarnations of the Joker we've seen before. "Joker", Phillips captioned the teaser.

The Joker is getting a new, gritty backstory starring Joaquin Phoenix.


Director and writer Todd Phillips posted a new camera test video with sound on his Instagram, which reveals Joaquin Phoenix's Joker makeup.

The first look at Joaquin Phoenix in full clown makeup in Todd Phillips' standalone Joker movie is only the latest example of that, and will nearly certainly not be the last.

It then showed a long-haired Phoenix looking sternly at the camera as faded images of his made-up face flashed over his face as he gradually began to grin. Phillips later shared test footage of the character, showing him wearing the makeup that would transform him into Batman's arch-nemesis.


While fans have only so far seen Phoenix's role come alive in sneak peeks of this origin movie, the film boasts a pretty acclaimed cast.

Scroll through the slideshow below or continue to the article for a look back at each modern movie Joker's first look photo and how they were revealed.

Zazie Beetz (Deadpool 2) co-stars as hardened single mother Sophie Dumond, the potential love interest of Phoenix's proto-Joker.


"Joker" is slated to hit theaters in October 2019. The make-up looks a bit more clownish-Ceasar Romero than psychotic-Heath Ledger, and definitely different from whatever Jared Leto was.

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