Director Todd Phillips is putting the finishing touches on his Joker origin story, and now he is confirming the film will be released with an R rating. 

Phillips responded to a fan in the comments thread of his latest Instagram photo, showing star Joaquin Phoenix as the Batman villain. When the fan asked Phillips “MPAA rating?” the filmmaker replied, “it will be Rated R. I’ve been asked this a lot. Just assumed people knew. Sorry.”   Phillips has teased how dark and disturbing his film will be, so a “R” rating comes as no surprise.

Joker will take place in 1981 where they’ll meet a stand-up comedian named Arthur Fleck, whose failure drives him to insanity and puts him on a path to becoming the Joker.

The cast also includes Robert De Niro, Brian Tyree Henry, Frances Conroy, and Zazie Beetz.  The film will premiere on October 4.

Joker Movie Is Rated R, Director Confirms; New Image Also Released


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