A new Joker TV spot has been released revealing a new scene from the upcoming film. The TV spot shows Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix) in the crowd during one of Murray Franklin’s (Robert De Niro) shows. Franklin puts the spotlight on Fleck, who goes on to talk about how he lives in Gotham with his mother. His mother tells him that he put on Earth to spread laughter and joy and to always put on a happy face. The dialogue plays over shots from various different scenes in the film. You can watch the entire TV spot in the above video.
Joker debuted at the Venice International Film Festival. It debuted to rave reviews and took home the festival's top prize. The film opens in theaters in October and is expected to have one of the biggest R-rated openings in box office history.
"Online chatter is embracing the hype, and our metrics now point to this clearly being the 'water cooler' type of movie that inspires interest from a variety of demographics — not unlike another creepy clown movie from Warner Bros. in September 2017," analyst Shawn Robbins said of Joker's box office potential. "We remain cautious in expectations for staying power as the R-rated film is likely to be divisive among general audiences, but odds at becoming the first-ever $100 million+ opener in October history look increasingly favorable."
In interviews, Phoenix has avoided classifying Joker as a traditional superhero or blockbuster movie. “I wouldn’t quite classify this as like any genre," Phoenix said during an interview. "I wouldn’t say it’s a superhero movie, or a studio movie or a … It feels unique, and I think more than anything, and probably the most important thing, is Todd seems very passionate about it and very giving, and so that’s exciting.
"I think, underneath the excitement of these films, and the size of them, there are these incredible characters that are dealing with real-life struggles. And sometimes that is uncovered and exposed, and sometimes it isn’t, and so I always felt, like, there were characters in comics that were really interesting and deserve the opportunity to be kind of
Joker is directed by Todd Phillips and executive produced by Martin Scorsese. The cast includes Phoenix, De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, and Marc Maron.
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