Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Director Todd Phillips shared on Twitter Friday the first images of Joaquin Phoenix wearing makeup as the iconic villain in the origin story Joker . The brief video Phillips posted -- which Warner Bros Pictures retweeted -- shows Phoenix as Arthur Fleck, unsmiling and wearing rumpled clothes.
Colored light flashes across his face offering a hint of the Joker's signature clown makeup.
The video stops with Arthur grinning widely, lips and eyebrows painted red, on a pale, white face.
Phillips released the first photo of Phoenix as Arthur, the man who will ultimately become Batman's greatest foe, on Sunday.
Repost from #toddphillips1 : Camera test (w/ sound). Joker. pic.twitter.com/R9W2QqKwNS
— Warner Bros. Pictures (@wbpictures) September 21, 2018
Shortly after that, the film studio offered details about the storyline, explaining, "Phillips' exploration of Arthur Fleck, a man disregarded by society, is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale."
Filming is now underway. Co-starring Robert De Niro , Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Douglas Hodge, Marc Maron, Josh Pais and Shea Whigham, the movie is set for theatrical release Oct. 4, 2019.