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Frank Carnevale
Actors Joaquin Phoenix attends a press conference to promote the movie 'The Sisters Brothers' during the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018. (Fred Thornhill/The Canadian Press via AP)

The first official photo of Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker was posted Sunday.

Director Todd Phillips posted a photo to Instagram of Phoenix with the caption “Arthur.” The photo shows the character without the face makeup and suit, or sinister smile.

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Arthur.

A post shared by Todd Phillips (@toddphillips1) on Sep 16, 2018 at 12:12pm PDT

The new standalone movie is set to tell how “Arthur” became the Batman’s arch-nemesis the Joker.

TMZ posted photos and video showing Phoenix on the set of the filming.

Warner Bros. described the film as a story “of a man disregarded by society (that’s) not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale,” according to USA Today .

In recent years the Joker has been played by Jared Leto in “Suicide Squad” directed by David Ayer in 2016; Heath Ledger in “The Dark Knight,” Christopher Nolan’s film from 2008; and Jack Nicholson in Tim Burton’s “Batman” from 1989. In the sixties Cesar Romero portrayed the villain for the TV show.

The new movie is slated for theaters next year on Oct. 4, 2019.

Frank Carnevale is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Frank at 412-380-8511, [email protected] or via Twitter @frnkstar.

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