Director Todd Phillips has confirmed that his much-anticipated Joker biopic will be R-rated.
The Hangover director revealed the exciting news on his Instagram account, showing the 'finishing touches' of Joaquin Phoenix's incredible transformation into the DC villain.
"It will be rated R," Phillips wrote in the caption. "I've been asked this a lot. Just assumed people knew. Sorry."
Judging by the trailer, the origin story of the iconic comic book villain looks like it will take the mould of many 80's crime noirs, while Nolan's Batman trilogy may have also inspired such filmmaking.
In it, we see a down and out comedian called Arthur Fleck struggling to make a living as a clown while also catering to the needs of his mother. As the trailer progresses, Fleck's character delivers what is arguably the standout line of 2019 cinema, "I used to think my life was a tragedy," he muses, "But now I realize, it's a comedy."
The chilling trailer ends with Fleck in full-on clown make-up and clothing, stepping into an elevator, before giving a menacing grin between two sliding doors.
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 Scorsese 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 Scorsese's best movies.
"It's a tragedy," Phillips said when speaking at Cinema Con following the release of the trailer before adding that online speculation around the plot was mostly incorrect.
"Most of it hasn't been very accurate," he said. "I guess that's what happens when you set out to do an origin story about a character that doesn't have a definitive origin."