The first official trailer has just been released for the upcoming standalone “Joker” film, which for the first time provides the classic villain with an origin story.

The film will be directed by Todd Phillips, who’s best known for comedic films such as “Road Trip,” “Old School,” and “The Hangover” trilogy, and will star Joaquin Phoenix as the main protagonist in Arthur Fleck, a small-time standup comedian who’s been disregarded from society.

The trailer insinuates that Fleck’s life slowly turned to chaos and crime after being ridiculed and ostracized throughout Gotham City during the 1980s, prior to establishing a defense mechanism that allows him to laugh through the pain.



“Joker” will be released nationwide on October 4th, 2019 to much anticipation.