The Tragic Trailer for “Joker” is Out

Joaquin Phoenix in "Joker"

We were convinced that Heath Ledger gave the greatest Joker performance of all time.

But the first trailer from the upcoming Joker movie is giving us doubts…

Joaquin Phoenix takes on the role of the Clown Prince of Crime in what is probably the most raw depiction of the character yet.

The teaser trailer for the film, which premiered at CinemaCon, illustrates how The Joker was a man named Arthur who just went a little — okay, a lot — mad.

“My mother always tells me to smile and put on a happy face. She told me I had a purpose, to bring laughter and joy to the world,” Phoenix can be heard saying as we witness the tragedy that was Arthur’s life.

Todd Phillips is directing the origin story, which also stars Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Shea Whigham, Frances Conroy, Marc Maron, Douglas Hodge, and Brett Cullen.

The “tragic comedy” comes out on October 4th.