The official synopsis for Todd Phillips' Joker film has finally been revealed and it's certainly an unusual description. To add to the confusion, a new theory purports that Joaquin Phoenix isn't even playing the real Joker at all.
The synopsis for Joker is rather straightforward yet it also suggests that we shouldn't expect the Warner Bros. film to stick close to the villain's comic book lore. Check it out below:
"Joker centers around the iconic arch-nemesis and is an original, standalone story not seen before on the big screen. The exploration of Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix), a man disregarded by society, is not only a gritty character study but also a broader cautionary tale."
If the set photos from the movie are any indication, Joker certainly will be different from the previous films that featured the DC comic book villain. For one, Phoenix's baddie isn't even wearing a purple suit (his suit is a deep bloody red). So does this confirm the theory about the character's identity?
According to CinemaBlend, it's unlikely that Arthur is the same Joker that terrorizes Gotham City when Bruce Wayne finally becomes Batman. After all, the film will introduce Thomas Wayne, who is still very much alive. In addition to that, Bruce will appear in the movie but will be played by a child actor.
Although it's a plausible theory, it's still possible that Phoenix's character is not a Proto-Joker. Some believe that Thomas and young Bruce will appear in flashback sequences and the real story is set in present day with a grown Caped Crusader.
Joker is scheduled for release on October 4, 2019.