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Joaquin Phoenix plays a failed stand-up comedian turned psychotic anarchist in this comic-book inspired caper helmed by Todd Phillips, the director of the Hangover trilogy.

Plot details are sparse, but it’s expected to be a dark tale inspired by Alan Moore’s graphic novel The Killing Joke that will delve into the origins of the iconic character.

Bewilderingly, this is the first in a brand new series of standalone films based on DC Comics characters, but one that is separate from the existing DC Universe of Justice League, Wonder Woman and Suicide Squad (which also features the Joker character, played to mixed reviews by Jared Leto). Why so complicated?

Joker release date: October 4, 2019

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