When you have a character as iconic as the Joker, it takes a certain kind of performer to step up to the task of bringing them to the big screen.
Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger were amazing; Jared Leto was not. In fairness to Leto, maybe it was just impossible to get past the stupid teeth and tattoos.
When Joaquin Phoenix was introduced as the star of the Todd Phillips Joker origin story, most knew he was up the task. The ambiguity of the story was the larger concern.
Now, any doubts about the casting of Phoenix should be a distant memory as we have a good look at what to expect.
This trailer should also ease up some of the concerns about the story as we see glimpses of the potential of this tragedy... or is it a comedy?
Joker starring Joaquin Phoenix, Robert DeNiro, and Zazie Beets opens October 4.