The trailer for Warner Brothers' stand-alone Joker origin story (titled Joker) written and directed by Todd Phillips (The Hangover) dropped yesterday at Las Vegas’s Cinemacon to massive fanfare.

The trailer (which you can watch below) is already being compared to gritty '70s crime flicks like Scorsese’s Taxi Driver and his early gangster story Mean Streets, for good reason – look no further than the trailer’s ‘70s-soaked lighting and graininess.

Joker appears to adhere more to the hard-boiled noir, crime movie aesthetic and style rather than a superhero movie style – something star Joaquin Phoenix himself has already talked a bit about.

Phoenix appears to have taken on the role of the infamous Batman villain – made famous by Jack Nicholson (Batman), Jared Leto (Suicide Squad), and Heath Ledger's (The Dark Knight) portrayals – with a panache, eccentricity, and flair all his own. This is a logical career arc for Phoenix as he brilliantly plays characters who have a difficult time keeping their sanity, just watch You Were Never Really Here for proof of that.

Joker is a stand-alone origin story that takes place in 1981 Gotham City with Phoenix as struggling stand-up comic Arthur Fleck. Fleck's dealings and struggles in the comedy world force him to go underground in Gotham and adopt a life of crime. Robert De Niro plays a talk show host who factors into Fleck's interior life while Deadpool 2 and Atlanta star Zazie Beetz plays his love interest who is a single mother. Shea Whigham, Brian Tyree Henry, Frances Conroy, and Marc Maron also star.

Stay tuned to The 405 for more on Joker as we hear it and enjoy the trailer below. Catch it in theaters October 4.