When news emerged that the great Joaquin Phoenix would be portraying DC's infamous villian The Joker in a much-anticipated, yet currently untitled origins movie, the Internet was buzzing with excitement, and judging by a leaked piece of footage, the film looks like it could be one of the best DC films in years.
Ridding himself of the iconic green hair, and clown-like makeup that characterized many Jokers before him, Pheonix's character can be seen donning an undistinguished office outfit, with a tan jacket and chinos a far cry from the villian he eventually turns into.
Directed by the Hangover director Todd Phillips, the film looks like it will take the mould of many 80's crime noirs, while Nolan's Batman trilogy may have also inspired such filmmaking.
The footage comes shortly after Phillips posted a photo of his leading man on Instagram as 'Arthur' which is reportedly the Joker's real first name, his full name being Arthur Fleck.
The fascinating scene takes place amidst the shabby walls of a place called Amusement Mile - something DC Universe nerds will understand- as Arthur smokes a cigarette.
After inhaling a few puffs, a clown is seen disturbing him and appears agitated over something Arthur may have done. Eventually, Arthur has enough and pulls the fake red nose from the clown's face and throws it down the road, leaving the clown scurrying back in a bid to find it.
As there is no sound to accompany the footage, it is hard to make out what the scene could actually be about, but The Hollywood Reporter believes it ties into the film's central narrative; that being that a disgruntled Arthur is on the verge of giving up on his standup dreams in a bid to become a criminal psychopath.
This seems to tie into the film itself, which was described as an "exploration of a man disregarded by society [that] is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale."
As well as Pheonix's superb acting chops, the cast also boasts the iconic actor Robert De Niro, Marc Maron, and Deadpool 2's very own Zazie Beetz.
According to Variety, Phillip's hotly-anticipated movie was inspired by the classic 1982 Martin Scorcese movie The King of Comedy, which starred De Niro in the lead role of celebrity enthusiast and perpetual fantasist, Rupert Pupkin. Along with Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, the movie is widely considered one of Scorcese's best movies.
Watch the exciting footage here and let us know your thoughts in the comments below.