A trademark smile takes on renewed significance in the new first trailer for Joker featuring Joaquin Phoenix in the eponymous role. Set against the backdrop of a typical urban looking Gotham, the disquieting teaser portrays the iconic Batman villain initially as a tragic, sad, little loser of a mama’s boy who, when he gets an up-close encounter with the nasty side of life, reacts uniquely.

The failed stand-up comic soon resorts to a life of crime.

The movie, written by Todd Phillips and Scott Silver, also stars Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz (as a possible love interest), and Marc Maron.

Joker hits theaters on Oct. 4.

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A genuine (OCD) enthusiast of Sci-FI and fantasy. Addicted to stories. a life-long fan of movies, TV, and pop culture in general. Purchased first comic book at age five, and never stopped. Began reading a lot early on, and discovered ancient mythology, and began reading science fiction around the same time. Made first attempts at writing genre fiction around age 12 Freelance writer for Sci-Fi Nerd (Facebook), retired professional gourmet chef. ex-musician, and illustrator

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