If you hadn’t seen the first preview of Joker, here it is.
After the latest installments from the DC Extended Universe, or as DC calls it the Worlds of DC (I’m not going to call it that), I must say I like where DC is going now. Wonder Woman, Aquaman and the latest installment Shazam! were great movies to watch and this trailer looks like a promising new addition.
From the jump, the tone appears dark and unhinged and for once I can say that a movie being dark doesn’t sound like a sound byte. Too often, movies get dark without a real reason as to why it needed to go that path. Joaquin Phoenix‘s character is named Arthur Fleck, (yes his name is A. Fleck) and the trailer begins with him in an office being asked a question. “Arthur, does it help having someone to talk to?” Before he answers, he smiles and then it cuts to black. You follow Arthur through Gotham and his slow descent into madness. The presence of his mother and his attention to her care is clear.
There are several moments where Arthur tumbles either down a set of stairs or when he’s hit by a car. Other scenes feature Joaquin’s take on the iconic laugh in a comedy club. There’s a sense of uneasiness he tries on the laugh. Another scene has Arthur pushing the corners of his mouth wide with a forced smile as tears drip down his powdered face. You catch this moment of desperation and despair in his face.
Other than moments filled with an eerie sense of gloom with the choice of music done by Jimmy Durante’s Smile and experts done jump cuts, the trailer features Zazie Beetz and Brian Tyree Henry from FX’s Atlanta fame. If you look further, you’ll catch a glimpse of Robert De Niro as a host of a show of some sort.
This trailer looks thrilling. There are some deeply unsettling moments I get watch this, one of them involving pushing a smile onto a child’s face. I have a feeling this movie is going to filled with uncomfortable moments in a city filled with unfortunate situations where people take advantage of one another, beating people down to their very core.
People have already begun asking me is this the best Joker. It’s hard to determine. In my eyes, Mark Hamill will always be the best Joker every time. What I do know is Joaquin doesn’t usually pick movies that doesn’t require something more than his last role. I still haven’t gotten over his role as Commodus in Gladiator, and that was over nineteen years ago. He’s that convincing of an actor.
I get the same feeling I got when I watched the Logan trailer a couple of years back. It was clear that Logan was setting themselves apart in many areas including Academy Award nominations and I have little doubt that Joker will do the same.
And maybe, just maybe we might get an appearance of Batman in here.