Hot off the heels of its debut at CinemaCon in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Warner Bros. released the teaser trailer for director Todd Phillips’ Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix as the Ace of Knaves.
Set to the backdrop of a grim Gotham City in the early ’80s, the footage follows Phoenix’s Arthur Fleck as he descends into madness. It’s almost nightmarish to watch as the failed stand-up comedian experiences violence and hardships that spiral him into insanity and a life of crime.
As far as first trailers go, this one had an uphill battle from the beginning. Despite the Joker being one of Batman’s most recognizable and beloved rogues, there wasn’t much excitement about this movie when it was announced.