As promised by director Todd Phillips, the first trailer for DC\u2019s Joker has finally been dropped, and I have to say, it\u2019s a lot more insane than I expected it to be.\r\n\r\nCheck out Joaquin Phoenix in the first preview for Joker:\r\n\r\nhttps:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=t433PEQGErc\r\n\r\nAs if in some attempt to up Christian Bale and his body transformations, Phoenix absolutely goes above and beyond in this film, with his Arthur Fleck looking so distorted it\u2019s disturbing. It\u2019s just the trailer, but Phoenix is already delivering so much in this preview that I can\u2019t wait to see what\u2019s in store for the full movie.\r\n\r\nIt\u2019s also worth noting that there are a lot of other nods to the world of Batman besides the inclusion of the Joker. We get a small glimpse of Arthur visiting Arkham Asylum, and the politician talking on the television is actually soon-to-be-dead billionaire Thomas Wayne.\r\n\r\nAlso that kid that Arthur puts a smile on from across the gate? That\u2019s little Bruce:\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nWhile the murky origin has always been part of the character\u2019s appeal, I\u2019m eager to see what\u2019s in store for this version\u2019s backstory. It\u2019s worth noting that this will be the first movie from the DCEU to actually spinoff on its own; not being connected to anything else that came before it. Personally I\u2019m just hoping for one self-contained film with no build-up to any sequel or trilogy.\r\n\r\nCatch Joker in theaters Oct. 4.