Joaquin Phoenix Seen in Character as The Joker for First Time

Joaquin Phoenix is taking a stab at enjoying the Clown Prince of Gotham — and he appears to be doing a rattling good job at it to this point … even with none make-up on.

The actor was on set Sunday filming a scene from the forthcoming Joker origin film in NYC, and it seems he’s in pre-clown mode for now. Still, Joaquin seems to be nice as Batman’s archnemesis — creepy, menacing, disturbed … all the things you’d need in a Joker.

He even has a face-to-face interplay with a dolled-up clown … and it’s definitely nerve-racking to observe, particularly as arms begin to fly between these two.

Joaquin’s flip because the Joker is the second movie of its form within the works proper now. Warner Bros. can be reportedly growing a standalone Joker film for Jared Leto‘s character, who debuted in “Suicide Squad.” No official phrase on who may play Batman for both flick.

Whatever the case … each Joaquin and Jared have huge sneakers to fill. As you may keep in mind, the late Heath Ledger received a posthumous Oscar for his portrayal because the Joker in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight.” He died in 2008 earlier than the Academy Awards that yr.

Considering Joaquin and Jared are Oscar-caliber actors — Jared’s already bought one beneath his belt — they may simply flip in award-worthy performances. Fingers crossed.

1:50 PM PTTodd Phillips — the director of latest Joker film — simply posted a close-up shot of Joaquin in character as ‘Arthur’ … presumably the actual title of the Joker in his movie.

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