Joaquin Phoenix took a ride on the New York subway in his terrifying Joker costume Sunday.
The actor, 43, was seen smoking and strutting through the station in full clown make-up as he filmed his upcoming movie about the villain in Brooklyn.
Joaquin shocked onlookers in a bright red suit and the Joker’s trademark face paint as he puffed a cigarette on his way to the platform.
Proving the character is as menacing as ever, the star then started to punch and knock out travelers as he nonchalantly strolled through the station.
However, the Gotham police soon clocked on and began to chase after him, causing the actor to escape onto the train – where he joined a number of terrifying mask-clad assistants.
The Joker is set in the 1980s and explores the character’s journey from failed stand-up comedian Arthur Fleck to Batman’s most notorious nemesis.
The character’s origins have not yet been explored in a live-action film but a number of backstories have been provided over the years through comic books, although none definitive.
Phoenix had previously expressed interest in playing The Joker and admitted he’d like to do a character study of the villain.
He told Collider in July: “I think, underneath the excitement of these films, and the size of them, there are these incredible characters that are dealing with real life struggles.
“And sometimes that is uncovered and exposed, and sometimes it isn’t, and so I always felt, like, there were characters in comics that were really interesting and deserve the opportunity to be kind of studied.”
When asked if he was nervous to take on such an iconic character, he added: “It feels unique, it is its own world in some ways, and maybe, mostly, it scares the f—ing s–t out of me or something.”
The character of The Joker was last played on screen by Jared Leto in “Suicide Squad”, to tepid reviews.
He was previously portrayed by the late Heath Ledger in 2008’s “The Dark Knight”, for which he won a posthumous Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
The Joker is set to be released in the US on October 4, 2019.
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