The Joker’s real name confirmed, and Joaquin Phoenix meets a clown in first ‘Joker’ photos

As scheduled, Joker starring Joaquin Phoenix began shooting in New York City this week and today we have the first set photos!

Just Jared has our first look at Joaquin Phoenix in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan from earlier today. Phoenix can be seen in character laughing and interacting with a clown.

Hollywood Pipeline has video of the whole scene playing out:

And speaking of Phoenix’s character, Joker director Todd Phillips has given us our first official look on Instagram. A rumor over the summer said that The Joker’s real name would be Arthur Fleck, and Phillips confirmed part of that today. “Arthur” is all he captioned the photo below.

What do you think of Joaquin Phoenix’s pre-Joker look as Arthur? Let me know in the comments below.

SOURCE: Just Jared

Thanks to Batman News reader Dario Diniz and comic reviewer Andrew Asberry for the heads up!