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The Quick Facts
- On Friday, the new movie Joker will be theatrically released in the United States.
- The film, based on DC Comics characters, stars Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker and Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, and Frances Conroy in supporting roles.
- The movie is a Joker origin story, depicting the famous Batman supervillain as a failed stand-up comedian who turns to crime and chaos in Gotham City.
- So far Joker has drawn polarized reviews from critics: many have praised Phoenix’s performance, but others have taken issue with its dark tone and subject matter.