DC’s stand-alone ‘Joker’ film is laughing its way closer to an official release. While we don’t have a new trailer to share with you today, we do have two new shots of Joaquin Phoenix in character, an extended synopsis for the film, and the reason it will be Rated-R!

We’ll start with the R-rating as the MPAA has given it to the movie “for strong bloody violence, disturbing behavior, language, and brief sexual images.”

This doesn’t at all sound surprising with the film set to show us Joker’s origin story.

As to the extended synopsis for ‘Joker,’ it now is being described as such:

Director Todd Phillips “Joker” centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone fictional story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck, who is indelibly portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, is of a man struggling to find his way in Gotham’s fractured society. A clown-for-hire by day, he aspires to be a stand-up comic at night…but finds the joke always seems to be on him. Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty, Arthur makes one bad decision that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events in this gritty character study.

There isn’t much new here as the description expands upon what we’ve already known about the film. However, I do love that it makes this all rest on the character having made “one bad decision” which is a common theme for the Joker with “one bad day” featuring so heavily in ‘The Killing Joke.’

The first new shot is a magazine cover which can be viewed right here:


OTHER: Joker Movie in the Il Venerdì magazine cover from r/DC_Cinematic

The second new shot, which I prefer, has the character of Arthur practice his award-winning smile

Will you be checking out Joaquin Phoenix as ‘Joker’? Are you at all surprised as to the reasons the film ended up getting an R-Rating? What did you think of the latest images of the actor in character? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

‘Joker’ will be laughing into your local theater on October 4th, 2019!


Sources: Screen Rant, Heroic Hollywood