While the DC movie universe is striving for a more light-hearted roster, there’s still a pocket of darkness lurking, with Todd Phillips’ Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix as the Clown Prince of Crime.
The new origin story is currently in post-production, and Phillips today shared a new image of his star on Instagram, as well as confirming in the comments that the film will also be R-rated by saying:
“It will be Rated R. I’ve been asked this a lot. Just assumed people knew. Sorry.”
Phoenix plays Arthur Fleck, a failed stand-up comedian whose fractured mental state and troubling encounters with the likes of Robert De Niro’s talk show host, Murray Franklin, leads him to a life of circus-inspired insanity in Gotham City.
The film also stars Brian Tyree Henry, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy and Marc Maron.
Joker is set for release on October 4th.