Our first look at Joaquin Phoenix's Joker reveals his origin name
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On Sunday, Todd
, director of the yet-to-be-titled Joker movie, posted a picture of Phoenix on Instagram, with the caption "Arthur". Arthur is presumably the name of the Joker before he became the Joker.
In the comics, there's no definitive backstory for Batman's greatest villain. This origin story is written by Phillips (who directed the Hangover trilogy) with Scott Silver, a co-writer on 2010's The Fighter.
The story will be a character study as well as a cautionary tale of "a man disregarded by society who becomes the ultimate supervillain," according to Deadline.