Joaquin Phoenix promises a Joker with no reference to ‘any past iterations of the character’

Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker has been praised as ‘masterful and disturbing’ (Picture: WB)

Joaquin Phoenix has promised comic book fans that his version of the Joker is a new creation with no reference to ‘any past iterations of the character’.

Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker has been praised as ‘masterful and disturbing’ in first reviews out of Venice film festival, and speakingon Saturday atr a press conference, he added that what was ‘so attractive is he’s so hard to define and you don’t really want to define him’.

‘There were times I would find I was identifying certain parts of his personality and then I would back away from that because I wanted there to remain a kind of mystery’ he told press.

‘Every day felt like we were discovering new aspects of the character.’

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Phoenix stars as the titular character (aka Arthur Fleck) and follows the failed stand-up comedian who is driven insane and turns to a life of crime in the fictional city of Gotham.

The film is set in 1981 and also starring the likes of Robert de Niro and Zazie Beetz.

The Todd Phillip-directed movie, based on the DC Comics character of the same name, premiered at the Venice Film Festival on 31 August and the first reactions have been very positive, with critics hailing it as ‘dark’ and ‘f*****g cool’.

Phoenix stars as the titular character, aka Arthur Fleck (Picture: WB)

Film lovers, critics and journalists in attendance at the premiere have since taken to Twitter to share their thoughts on the movie.

‘I can’t quite believe how good Joker is. It’s a masterpiece,’ one review said.

‘Funny, dark, beautiful, full of rage, and really f*****g cool. Joaquin Phoenix is masterful and every shot is sublime.’

‘There will be before Joker. And there will be after Joker,’ added another.

‘I don’t know if the world is ready for this movie. Or maybe it is? It is GNARLY. It is crazy. It is audacious. It doesn’t hold back. Wow. I can’t believe it exists. But it does. And it’s coming.’

Joker is set to be released to UK cinemas on 4 October.

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