It’s 1981 and failed stand-up comedian Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix) is struggling to find his place in Gotham City. Living with his mother (Frances Conroy), Arthur has nothing going for him. Despite his compulsive quest to make the world laugh, the people of Gotham don’t value Arthur – he is seen as nothing more than a clown.
Disregarded by society and ridiculed for his efforts by talk show host Murray Franklin (Robert De Niro), the down-and-out comedian is driven mad, plagued by constant despair. Though, his mother always told him that he should, in spite of everything, put on a happy face…
Taken down a dark path of psychotic anarchy in his pursuit for laughter, Arthur turns to crime to satisfy his ever-growing desire for chaos, building a following and even finding something that resembles love (Zazie Beetz). Quickly evolving into a criminal mastermind, he masquerades under a new name and look. Before, he thought his life was a tragedy, but now he realises it’s always been a comedy.
Completely insane, there is nothing of the old Arthur Fleck anymore – all that’s left is Joker.
Todd Phillips (War Dogs) directs and co-writes this dramatic and thrilling standalone origin story of DC’s most notorious villain. Joaquin Phoenix (The Sisters Brothers, Her, Gladiator) stars as the infamous Clown Prince of Crime and is joined by Zazie Beetz (Deadpool 2, Geostorm, Slice) and Robert De Niro (Heist, Silver Linings Playbook, Taxi Driver).