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People Had Mixed Opinions About Joaquin Phoenix’s First Look As The Joker

Phoenix will be playing a new take on the Clown Prince of Crime in an origin film coming October 2019.

Posted on September 21, 2018, at 2:48 p.m. ET

Warner Bros. just tweeted the first look of actor Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker for an upcoming origin film.

Repost from #toddphillips1: Camera test (w/ sound). Joker.

Via Twitter: @wbpictures

The screen test was done by director Todd Phillips (The Hangover). The film is described as a new take on Joker’s origin story and will also star Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, and Marc Maron.

Phoenix is the fifth actor to walk in the Clown Prince of Crime’s shoes.

Joaquin Phoenix is the 5th face of the #Joker

And while a lot of people are really into the look...

Oh wow. First look at Joaquin Phoenix in the Joker make-up. Awesome camera test footage. Really looking forward to this film. Great filmmaker and one of the best actors ever. Hoping Phillips is shooting on film. ❤️🎥🎞

Via Twitter: @KevinMcCarthyTV

Todd Philips, the director for The JOKER, just released the Camera Test and we see Joaquin Phoenix as The JOKER! OMG OMG OMG. HYPE. #JOKER

Via Twitter: @thecameroncuffe

...some aren’t quite sold on the new take on the iconic comic book villain.

@HarundelaAtif @wbpictures You don’t see many versions of the Joker with blue triangles around the eyes. It’s a definite choice 🤡

Via Twitter: @joshkelliott

I... can't... decide... how... I feel.... 😟😅🤯

Via Twitter: @chriskillian

Warner Bros. doubling down on the Joker anti-hero origin in the year of our Lord Chtulhu 2018 is definitely a look. Tone-deaf AF but you do you .

Via Twitter: @MildlyAmused

Still, many are noting that backlash to new Jokers is common.

I've been through enough divisive Joker first looks to know none of that matters until you see it within the context of the movie.

Via Twitter: @JimVejvoda

This is just a camera test. It could be the official final look, it could very well not be. Every Joker design on screen has been met with a divisive response. Context matters. Personally, I love this 70's indie art house horror vibe. It's very unsettling.

Via Twitter: @JesabelRaay

Even when it was Heath Ledger’s version, which has become the most famous iteration.

@MatthewACherry I'm old enough to remember the reaction to the first image of Heath as the Joker, so... I give no fucks until I see a full trailer.

Via Twitter: @ChanceCalloway

The Joker origin film is set to come out Oct. 4, 2019.

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