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Joker Movie Is Rated R, Director Confirms; New Photo Released

Rated R.

This year's new Joker movie starring Joaquin Phoenix--known simply as "Joker"--will be rated R, director Todd Phillips has confirmed. Not only that, but the director shared a new image from the DC movie's set that shows Phoenix looking into a mirror applying his Joker makeup.

Regarding the rating, Phillips said in reply to a fan on his Instagram post, "It will be rated R. I've been asked about this a lot. Just assumed people knew."

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Finishing touches.

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The way he said it, Phillips seems certain the new Joker film will be rated R. However, the MPAA--which decides ratings in America--has yet to issue an official rating. That said, studios can plan in advance and often target a specific rating.

The R stands for Restricted. According to the MPAA, an R-rated movie "contains some adult material." People under the age of 17 cannot see an R-rated movie without a parent or adult guardian accompanying them.

As for the new image, it shows Phoenix sitting in front of multiple mirrors. The makeup was done by Nicki Ledermann. It's a lovely image, and you might get to see more behind-the-scenes shots. In the comments of his Instagram post, Phillips said the team would "love" to release some sort of photo book of stills. The image was shot by Niko Tavernise, who Phillips says is "truly one of the best still photographers working in movies; we were so lucky to have him on set."

Joker opens in theatres on October 4. It's something of a change for director Todd Phillips, who previously made the Hangover and Old School comedies. He also wrote for Borat, which earned him his Oscar nomination.

Joker also stars Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Marc Maron, and Frances Conroy. You can watch a trailer above.

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More schlock in the making. F*** me, the entire entertainment industry needs to be gutted and rebooted. Enough of this lame, comic book bulls**t, ffs.

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Emo joker.

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"People under the age of 17 cannot see an R-rated movie without a parent or adult guardian accompanying them."

Hahahah...The world's most unenforced rule.... I love it

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@cjtopspin: Really? I live in Boston and it's pretty enforced here, Florida as well.

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@cjtopspin: Really? Whenever a popular movie comes out like this the theaters around me will check IDs, sometimes both at the ticket counter and the entrance to the movie...

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Can't wait to see a good Joker movie. Honestly, I don't need one, I'm happy watching The Dark Knight over and over again. And I don't do that for a lot of movies. It's just a brilliant movie. Good luck to this man as Joker, not easy to do.

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People are actually excited about this movie? It is probably going to be another mediocre DC film. I doubt it will be better than Aquaman and Wonder Women. The trailer doesn’t really give me any confidence that this movie will be good. It looks like another DC movie that decided to throw ideas together that might make something interesting. It is usually great to see Joaquin Phoenix in a movie or De Niro, when he is actually in a quality movie, but I think it is not a good idea to have a Joker movie. His story has been told in different ways, and this movie seems like a pretty lazy story about Joker. Anyways, I will give it credit for being Rated-R.

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@Cashmoney007: Shut up...

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@outlawwitcher61: It does probably hurt to see a different opinion. Lol

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I always wanted to be like the Joker growing up but my guidance counselor said it was a bad idea and I should be more nice to people....whatever that means

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@moonco: So did you become the Joker later in life or what?

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@cashx002: haha had the same question in mind ..

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I'm more a fan of Joker falling in to the chemicals, him using Joker toxin, using more elaborate(Joker) gadgets, and most of all him interacting with Batman. So it kinda sucks will never see The Batman in the movie!

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Robert De Niro, awesome. I wonder if he managed to sneak in some Trump bashing.

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@varez: Bobbo DeNiro is the only real clown in the movie.

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@varez: He is obsessed with him, and it wouldn’t surprise me at all. Lol

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Phillips is correct - I just assumed this was going to be an R-Rated film based on the trailers' tone and the subject matter. I suppose this is "confirmation" but it's not a surprise, or exactly news, as far as I can tell.

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Won't be R in Australia, it'll be rated MA15+.

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@jsutton0010: Yeah absolutely, R18+ is another level here and implies some intensely dark shit

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this movie is needed on so many levels, and he shouldve been the joker a long time ago

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I've never been hyped for a movie based on a comic book, until now. This has me very intrigued.

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probably because of a few curse words and some nose blood, not the kind of rate R that we're expecting.

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@jyml8582: I remember as a kid, all I could think of when i saw an R rating was "boobies must be in this film". lol

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@alastor529: i got that feeling as a kid lol but it was NR and MA

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We live in a society.

Glad that this will be an R-rated society.

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@Spartan_418: Like a liberal arts college kid once said; "Society is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you gonna get."

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@HOLYSHMUCK: Was that supposed to be funny?

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@cashx002: He talkn bout the libtards that go to college an learn about Obama nad global warming.

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@crono71: They got you too? Dang, boi. ..

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@cashx002: Just pointing out the everyone seems to have an opinion about the "society" we live in. But yes, go to any college lecture and you'll usually hear at least one student answering a question including the words "our society" in it.

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@HOLYSHMUCK: Glad I'm not in college. Been there, done that. You can go to lectures for me.

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