Joaquin Phoenix is the Batman: The Animated Series version of Joker in some stunning new fan art of the iconic character. Rather than the maroon-colored suit worn by Arthur Fleck in the movie, the fan art depicts Phoenix wearing the same purple suit as the one worn by the Clown Prince of Crime in the animated series. He also brandishes the same face paint and even wears the same hat the animated Joker wore on occasion in the classic cartoon series. You can take a look at the fan art below.
While it’s fun to see how Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck may have appeared with a more traditional look for the DC supervillain in Joker, it’s probably all for the best the character has an all-new design for the movie. The suit is reminiscent of other versions of Joker, though its color scheme gives it a unique appearance to help the Batman adversary stand out a bit more. The same can also be said for the character’s face paint, which is much more clown-like in Joker with additional colors and markings, which includes painting his nose red. Because Phoenix’s portrayal of the Joker is far different than those who’ve come before him, it’s appropriate for him to have a unique look as well.
Directed by Todd Phillips, Joker was co-written by Phillips and Scott Silver. Phillips also produces alongside Bradley Cooper and Emma Tillinger Koskoff. The movie presents a new origin story for the popular DC supervillain, following the story of a failed comedian named Arthur Fleck and his transformation from a meek milquetoast afflicted with severe mental illness into Gotham City’s most notorious criminal. Co-starring alongside Phoenix as Arthur are Robert De Niro as Murray Franklin, Zazie Beetz as Sophie, Frances Conroy as Penny Fleck, and Brett Cullen as Thomas Wayne. The movie has achieved tremendous success since premiering in theaters last month and has since become the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time.
While most everyone seems to be on board with the new Joker, longtime DC fans still have a fond appreciation for the animated version of the Clown Prince of Crime from Batman: The Animated Series. The portrayal is also notable for being the first project to feature legendary voice actor and Star Wars franchise star Mark Hamill as the voice of Joker, a trend which would continue for years in a variety of animated movies and video games. Hamill’s interpretation is perhaps the most appreciated of all animated versions of the Joker character, and his voice work contributed immensely towards making the iteration as popular as it became.
In any case, we just might be seeing more of Arthur Fleck in his maroon-colored suit if Joker 2 talks between Phillips and Warner Bros. about a potential sequel go well. The filmmaker has confirmed that discussions on a possible follow-up movie have happened, but the project has yet to officially go into production. Warner Bros. is likely on board considering the profits brought in by the original, but it remains to be seen if a deal will be made or if Joker will forever remain a standalone film. This fan art comes to us from Jaxson Derr on Instagram.