Anxious to see if Joaquin Phoenix's Joker is going to have a showdown with Robert Pattinson's Batman? Fresh off their shocking Golden Lion win at the Venice Film Festival, the team behind the dark take on the Batman villain gathered for another night of celebration: First, for Joaquin Phoenix, an honoree at TIFF's first-ever Gala Awards, and then for the film itself, making its North American premiere at the Roy Thomson Hall. "There's also a book about political assassins that I thought was interesting, and breaks down the different types of personalities that do those sorts of things [I do in the film]". Best Adapted Screenplay consideration is possible as well, although despite the notation, Phillips and co-writer Scott Silver didn't pull anything from the comics except the bare bones qualities of the title character.
Phoenix was later joined on the red carpet for "Joker" by co-star De Niro.
Phoenix lost the battle and gave in to Phillips' vision, losing 52 pounds to the play Arthur.
Eventually, Phoenix had to lose 52 pounds for the part.
Seeing a multi-faceted Joker on the big screen is something new for fans. He's made an entire career out of playing characters who stray from the norm, so taking on a Joker who's more human than others we've seen falls right in line with Phoenix's wheelhouse. He teased that the audience will be taken on an emotional journey.
Arthur Fleck (Phoenix) is a man who is convinced that a smile and a happy face can bring joy and joy to the world, but not in Gothic City, where innocence, weakness and goodness are paid with violence, crime and many cases until death. The original standalone story of the most fierce and iconic villain will crash the theatres with the audience going insane for Joaquin Phoenix, in and as "JOKER" on October 4th. In the past, the actor has appeared in films that are quite literally on the opposite end of the spectrum as far as comic book movies go. Joker is essentially an origin story for the titular character, but Phoenix tracks his descent into madness in grotesque, harrowing detail. GQ Magazine UK said of the actor's performance, "If Joker ultimately proves anything it's that he's the best actor of his generation". It's a conversation piece, and while plenty of editorials and hot takes will surely be written about the film's themes and larger implications after it hits theaters in October, that only keeps it in the zeitgeist that much longer.