Todd Phillips confirms R rating for 'Joker'

Todd Phillips confirms R rating for 'Joker'

Actor Joaquin Phoenix in a still from the upcoming movie 'The Joker' released by director Todd Phillips on Instagram (Photo: Todd Phillips Instagram account)

Director Todd Philips confirmed that his Joker origin movie, starring Joaquin Phoenix, will be "rated R".

The filmmaker, who shared a still of Phoenix applying makeup on Instagram on Sunday, was responding to a fan query about the rating of the film.

"MPAA rating?” a fan asked Phillips.

The filmmaker replied, "It will be Rated R. I’ve been asked this a lot. Just assumed people knew. Sorry."

The film is said to be an exploration of a man disregarded by society (that) is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.



Finishing touches.

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The standalone is meant to be darker and more experimental in tone and content.

Phillips has co-written the script with Scott Silver.

The Joker has memorably been part of two Batman movies with Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger portraying the part. Ledger even won a posthumous Best Actor Oscar for his role in the Christopher Nolan-directed The Dark Knight.

Joker is set for release on October 4.

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