Put a Smile on For the First Joker Trailer

Yesterday provided a pretty swanky poster for the upcoming Joker film, but this morning delivers on the first trailer that manages to set the tone and offer a chilling, but drastically different, look at the iconic villain: 

This is very much a teaser, in that I have no idea what the hell is going on with this movie, plot wise. Ostensibly, it’s an origin story for Batman’s greatest villain, and we see a bunch of that here as Phoenix’s Arthur Fleck be bullied all around Gotham as he struggles to take care of an ailing mother. For the most part, this looks very much like a character-driven drama, with hints of poignant social commentary that’s unlike most comic book films today…And I’m very, very interested. While I can’t say I’m huge on the idea of exploring the origins of the Joker (a big part of what makes him terrifying is NOT knowing his backstory), I’m definitely excited to see how this plays out in October. 

Joker hits theaters on October 4, 2019.