What you may need to know:
1. Joaquin Phoenix looks simply astonishing in this grounded and gritty-looking “origin story” of the clown prince of crime and Batman’s arch-nemesis.
2. Martin Scorsese was on board as producer early on, and despite departing the movie this time last year, his presence is still very apparent: Taxi Driver (1976) and The King of Comedy (1982) both are clearly major influences, underscored by the presence of Robert de Niro.
3. Yes, it’s the prequel nobody asked for, but despite unfortunately being one of those “teasers” that in fact gives away the entire movie, Joker has suddenly shot up the list of 2019’s most anticipated movies.
Doug’s verdict: No laughing matter.
Release date: October (US), TBC (Europe).