Must Watch: First Footage of Joaquin Phoenix As JOKER Arrives April 3, 2019 “I used to think my life was a tragedy, but now I realise it’s a comedy.” Dark and disturbing first trailer for director Todd Phillips’ dark and gritty standalone film starring Joaquin Phoenix as the homicidal Clown Prince of Crime. Check it out below. JOKER centres around the iconic arch-nemesis and is an original, standalone story not seen before on the big screen. The exploration of Arthur Fleck (Phoenix), a man disregarded by society, is not only a gritty character study but also a broader cautionary tale. JOKER is released in Irish cinemas on October 4, 2019.