The eerie vibe from the camera test does give us a hint of the dark tale ahead but we're still curious about Batman's role in the film not being confirmed yet. Phoenix plays a failed stand-up comedian who goes insane and becomes a murdering psychopath. Watch (above) and let us know what YOU think! It's messy, though not as insane death-metal as that sported by Heath Ledger's version of the DC Comics villain. "Joker", Phillips captioned the teaser.
Decked out in the classic pale face and smeared blue and red face paint, Phoenix's Joker takes "clown creepy" to a whole new level. He later followed up with another post on September 21; this time, it was a video which had images of the Joker as seen in the comics and previous movies, all juxtaposed on Pheonix's face.
The brief video clip involves a slow zoom in to Phoenix as Arthur Fleck, his protagonist's pre-Joker form, who's described in the official Warner Bros. plot synopsis as "a man disregarded by society". To say Suicide Squad burnt me out on the Joker would be an understatement, but why should one bad performance ruin one of comics' greatest villains?
Other cast members include: Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz (Deadpool 2), Bill Camp (Molly's Game), Brett Cullen (Narcos), Glenn Fleshler (Barry), Douglas Hodge (Penny Dreadful) and Marc Maron (GLOW).
Phillips has been doing an A+ job teasing out "Joker" photos so far - just enough - so hopefully he keeps this up without going overboard by the time the film releases in theaters on October 4th, 2019.