It’s safe to say when Warner Bros announced a standalone Joker movie starring Joaquin Phoenix, no-one quite knew what to expect. A striking lead performance certainly, but aside from that it appeared to be a wild card.
Directed by Todd Phillips (The Hangover) and set in the early Eighties, the simply-titled Joker was a mysterious box of tricks. A box that had been spewed out of the unwieldy DC Cinematic Universe and left for an unsuspecting public to open.
Then the exhilarating yet downbeat trailer landed and we saw exactly what Phillips and co-producer Bradley Cooper had in mind – the humiliating and hellish journey of one eccentric man’s unravelling. A process that ends with his transformation into the Clown Prince of Crime.
Watching the trailer brings to mind some movies the filmmakers could have been inspired by. So while we wait for October’s release,