Joker has only just received its world premiere and it’s already become the highest-rated film featuring a comic book character.
Although it won’t be released for another month, the film – from The Hangover director Todd Phillips – has racked up a staggering 9.7 rating out of a possible 10 on IMDb.
It’s worth noting that this rating is likely to change when the film actually gets released, but its high score predicts big things for the film, which stars Joaquin Phoenix as a reimagined version of the DC villain named Arthur Fleck.
The film received an eight-minute standing ovation following its Venice Film Festival premiere at the weekend with the majority of critics praising the film and Phoenix’s performance.
Venice artistic director Alberto Barbera declared that the film is headed “straight to the Oscars”.
The Independent’s reviewer Geoffrey Macnab described the film as “powerful and original” and said Phoenix plays the character “in a way that makes him seem both sympathetic and very creepy”.
Joker will be released in UK cinemas on 4 October.
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