Director Todd Phillips isn’t clowning around with Joker , his upcoming cinematic take on Batman’s arch nemesis.
The supervillain origin pic, due out Oct. 4, will be strictly for adults only.
Phillips posted a new photo to Instagram of star Joaquin Phoenix getting into character by applying white face paint in front of a mirror.
“Finishing touches,” Phillips wrote as the photo’s caption.
In the comments, he was asked by a fan if the film will be restricted.
Phillips replied, “It will be Rated R. I’ve been asked this a lot. Just assumed people knew. Sorry,”
The only other Batman film to be Rated R was an animated version of Batman: The Killing Joke in 2016.
The film, which is set outside Warner Bros.’ DC Extended Universe, offers a new origin on the Clown Prince of Crime. Co-written by Phillips, the story takes place in the early ‘80s and centres on Arthur Fleck, a failed stand-up comic who slowly becomes unhinged.
Rather than tights and fights, the movie is meant to be an “exploration of a man disregarded by society that is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale,” Phillips says.
Along with Phoenix, the film also stars Robert De Niro as a talk-show host who drives Arthur into madness and Deadpool 2’s Zazie Beetz as his love interest. Frances Conroy, Marc Maron, Bill Camp, Glenn Fleshler and Shea Whigham co-star.
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