Joaquin Phoenix's Joker just might work

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Director Todd Phillips late on Friday posted some test footage of Joaquin Phoenix in character as Arthur Fleck in The Joker, a standalone film about Batman's most iconic adversary, effectively unveiling his first look as the character in full makeup.

The look is a departure from Joker's traditional supervillain style, but it's likely this won't be Phoenix's final look as the fully formed Clown Prince of Crime.

This reveal comes shortly after multiple set videos were released from the Joker origin film as well as an official image of Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur. It is scheduled to be released on October 4, 2019.

Now before we got to see the makeup and the cryptic grin, we simply got a long haired picture of Phoenix. The make-up looks a bit more clownish-Ceasar Romero than psychotic-Heath Ledger, and definitely different from whatever Jared Leto was.

The snippet, which is set to the Guess Who's Laughing, ends when Phoenix's fully made up face suddenly becomes serious.

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From the looks of Phoenix both in and out of makeup, it's certainly shaping up to be an intense - and intensely original - take on the famed villain. This may not be his final look, since "Joker" is an origin story about Arthur finding his insane self.

Warner Bros has described the film as a story of a normal man pushed to bad - "a man disregarded by society (that's) not only a gritty character study but also a broader cautionary tale".

Phillips' teaser clip started with a board saying "wardrobe test" and "character: Arthur".

The Joker film will also star Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Marc Maron, and Frances Conroy.