Ever since Joaquin Phoenix was first announced for the 'Joker' origins movie, there has been feverish speculation about what he might bring to the iconic villain's role - as well as what he might look like in it.
Now, at least one of those questions has been answered as director Todd Phillips has shared the first photo, and a number of others have leaked.
It's safe to say that Phoenix's Joker - aka 'Arthur' - probably isn't what people might be expecting, but that makes it all the more intriguing to see how this nerdy-looking character will develop, if you ask us:
— IMDb (@IMDb) September 16, 2018
— ET Canada (@ETCanada) September 16, 2018
— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm) September 16, 2018
First photos of Joaquin Phoenix in ‘The Joker’. He’s playing the Joker. He does not look like the Joker yet. pic.twitter.com/7pXPYovwmA
— Lights, Camera, Pod (@LightsCameraPod) September 16, 2018
A BTS clip from The Joker origin movie. Joaquin Phoenix version of the prince of crime will name “Arthur Fleck” pic.twitter.com/0o5N2yBXRo
— JR - Anime & Comics (@Jrnotjnr) September 16, 2018
Some people have been sharing their own opinions on the vibe that Phoenix is giving off, too...
"Why so serious?" - Joaquin Phoenix pic.twitter.com/NBDRII6lnZ
— Christian Snale (@christianmcbale) September 16, 2018
Who knew Joaquin Phoenix was such a perfect Dario Argento. pic.twitter.com/a73meBoNuQ
— John Squires (@FreddyInSpace) September 16, 2018
Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker gives me strong Jack Nicholson vibes pic.twitter.com/bPYucxgeYS
— Luke Mears (@Serum_Lake) September 16, 2018
No Country For Bat Men (2018)
— Leonard Zobano (@RealLenZobano) September 16, 2018
— Syn (@synistere) September 16, 2018
The film is set for release next October.