Joker Director Reveals New Image of Joaquin Phoenix Dancing On Set

By Richard Nebens Updated:
Joaquin Phoenix as Joker

While the DC Extended Universe is working hard to regain its footing alongside the biggest franchises in Hollywood, there are certain other projects that have made a huge splash over the past couple of years. One of the most notable of these DC franchises is the solo film Joker , which had one of the most substantial impacts on the film industry of any superhero film in recent memory. As many directors across Hollywood have been doing over the last few months, this visionary behind this film has just taken to social media to share a new look into the R-rated phenomenon.


In a new post on Instagram , Joker director Todd Phillips has shared a high-definition photo of the film's star, Joaquin Phoenix, shooting one of the most recognized scenes of the movie. Phoenix is shown in his full red and yellow costume, most likely in the middle of his dance down an outdoors staircase, which can be seen in the photo below:

Joker Dancing on Stairs in Joker Movie
Joaquin Phoenix dancing on the set of 'Joker' (Todd Phillips' Instagram)

This scene of the Joker smoking a cigarette and passionately dancing his way down the outdoor staircase to Gary Glitter's "Rock and Roll Part 2" has become arguably the most well-recognized scene of Todd Philips' solo villain film after being shown in almost all its trailers and promotional material. This could be recognized as peak Joker before Arthur Fleck is chased down through the streets by police.

Joaquin Phoenix and Todd Phillips took some bold steps with the dark and gritty film centered around undoubtedly the most popular Batman villain , and arguably the most popular villain in all of comics. The risks paid off in spades as the film succeeded both critically and financially. Joker finished its box office run at just over $1 billlion at the global box office and earned 11 Oscar nominations, including two wins for Best Score and Best Actor.

There are rumors circulating that a sequel could be in the works, but nothing has been confirmed at this time.

- About The Author: Richard Nebens
Richard Nebens joined The Direct in March 2020, now serving as the site's Senior Writer and also working as an assistant editor and content creator. He started his journalism career as a hobby in 2019 and is passionate about sharing news and stories from the entertainment industry, especially comic book movies, comedy, and sci-fi. Richard looks to expand his knowledge about movies and TV every day, and he is eager to stay locked into the latest releases and breaking news at every opportunity.