First 'Joker' trailer is dark, disturbing, and depressing

JOKER Poster Debuts Ahead of WEDNESDAY Teaser Trailer

Smiling may be the theme of the first trailer for Todd Phillips' Joker, yet it's anything but smile-inducing. The trailer shows off Joaquin Phoenix's take on the character, including his suitably disturbing laugh, which Arthur Fleck lets out in a comedy club and then again while dressed as a clown on the subway.

"Does it help to have someone to talk to?".

"My mother always tells me to smile and put on a happy face, she told me to have a goal to bring laughter and joy to the world", he says in a voiceover, as Fleck's seen getting beat up a few times in a clown getup. "She told me that I had a goal - to bring laughter and joy into the world".

If you were hoping Joker would connect to on-going DC and WB film series' like Aquaman or Wonder Woman, think again.

The tagline for the film is "put on a happy face". Picture: Press/ Warner Bros.

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Phoenix had fairly sizeable shoes to fill as the Joker, given the acclaim that greeted Heath Ledger's stunning performance as the character in Nolan's The Dark Knight. "She told me I had a goal, to bring laughter and joy to the world", he continues in the trailer, which you can watch below.

Zazie Beetz, Robert De Niro, Marc Maron, and Shea Wigham also star in the brand new film. It's more of an intimate and gritty movie with a very specific scope.

Fans were given a first look at what was to come for the forthcoming Joker film after director Todd Phillips dropped a daring first poster for the film.

Although it's still unclear how much of the film will focus on origin story vs. the fully formed character, the trailer grounds the Joker in different roots from anything we've seen before.

The Joker movie exists as its own standalone story, separate from the DC Expanded Universe and Jared Leto's face-tattooed portrayal of the Joker.

Joker releases on October 4.

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