Written by Ollie C.
After our summer break, its good to be back, and we have kicked off our article schedule with the brand-new 'Joker' trailer from DC's upcoming gritty else-world story directed by Todd Phillips (War Dogs, The Hangover). The trailer features the always exception Joaquin Phoenix as failed comedian Arthur Fleck who is disregarded by the Gotham society but chooses to embrace his failures and become the criminal clown known as the Joker.
The trailer begins with Fleck on board a Gotham City bus, entertaining a small child by pulling faces until the child's mother turns around and confronts Fleck about his actions. These are the small things that build up to his slow descent into madness. As seen at the beginning of both Trailer #1 and Trailer #2, Arthur Fleck visits a psychological therapist due to his struggles with his mental illnesses, the voice-over of Sharon Washington as a social worker at the institute Fleck visits. Arthur tells her that her help wasn't beneficial and that all he has is "negative thoughts". Also note how Phoenix suddenly stops laughing down the hallway (see thumbnail 2) which resembles his study of people with PLC (Pathological Laughter or Crying).
We then see Fleck on the television featured on the Murray Franklin show (portrayed by Robert De Niro, see below) in which his hopes are dashed as "nobody's laughing now"- there's something rather sinister about that statement. Notice that Arthur is sat at the bedside of somebody in a hospital, this is likely to be his mother who he is shown to have a close bond with in Trailer #1.
In filming photos we have seen Fleck in a phone-booth crying and smashing his head against the glass in anger, this could perhaps be the phone call to say that his mother has either been admitted to hospital or even worse, died. We have also included the snippet from the trailer where Fleck is running down a hospital ward corridor, is he running away or running to somewhere?
Carrying on this theme, we see Joaquin's Arthur Fleck in a rather grim wooded location, while this could be a stretch, we are guessing that Fleck is at the grave of his mother, based upon the camera being below him (a similar height to that of a grave) along with him being in a suit for a funeral. This could again be another nail in the coffin for Fleck's transformation into the Joker.
We then see a quick shot of Bruce Wayne's father, Thomas Wayne (Brett Cullen), who is said to be the main antagonist to Arthur Fleck's Joker and representing the high flying days of Gotham, this is exactly what Fleck and later his fans are against.
Zazie Beetz's character Sophie Dumond is shown to be the love interest of Mr Fleck, with a significant age difference, we can't help but feel a little uneasy when Arthur leans in for the kiss. But it seems the pair share a feeling of nihilism as Beetz states "It's so awful isn't it" in what looks to be the same lift/elevator that was seen at the end of the first trailer featuring a fully kitted up Joker.
Along with a montage of fabulous shots of our newest iteration of the Joker, the trailer ends with Fleck asking Murray, the television host, if he can be referred to as 'Joker' for his biggest performance to date. Phoenix's soft yet chilling tone of voice really excites us for this frenzied take on the character we know and love. The trailer then comes to a close featuring a small line from Sinatra's version of 'Send in the Clowns' by Stephen Sondheim- quite appropriate, we think.
You can view the Final Trailer for 'Joker' below, with the film due to be released in theatres 4th October 2019.
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