The standalone Joker movie is now officially in post-production, as director Todd Phillips shares a fresh pic of Joaquin Phoenix in the title role, along with a caption that simply reads, “Editing #Joker.”
Of course, this is far from the first image we’ve seen of the Her star as Arthur Fleck. In a welcome change of pace from the spoilerphobic secrecy of your average comic book movie, the production of Phillips’ upcoming film yielded a whole load of set photos and videos, many of which saw Phoenix walking the streets of New York in full Joker makeup.
What’s different about Phillips’ new Instagram post, however, is that it allows us to see the future Clown Prince of Crime in the comfort of his own home, where he seems to be staring intently at something on his TV screen.
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For all we know, he could be watching footage of himself. After all, the set material has made it clear that the Joker will become a public figure of sorts, who manages to attract plenty of attention and crowds of followers. One sequence set in the subway, for instance, sees Arthur surrounded by people in clown masks holding up signs with political slogans like “Clown4Mayor” and “Kill the Rich.” Then again, maybe Fleck’s just watching the latest episode of Murray Franklin’s talk show, seeing how the VHS tape in the photo’s bottom-right suggests he might be a fan of Robert De Niro’s character.
In any case, we can expect to get a lot more context to this image once Joker hits theaters on October 4th, 2019. In the meantime, now that Phillips is in the editing stage, perhaps we can hope that a new trailer isn’t far from dropping.