MIAMI (CBSMiami) — The first teaser trailer for the “Joker” starring Joaquin Phoenix, was released Wednesday morning.

The chilling teaser shows a pre-Joker Arthur Fleck, working as a clown on the street, helping his mother take a bath, possibly attempting to date and generally veering toward madness.

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Director Todd Phillips told an audience of movie theater owners at CinemaCon last week, where the teaser trailer first debuted, there has been a lot written about the film and not much has been all that accurate.

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“But that’s what happens when you set out to make an origin story about a character who doesn’t have an origin,” he said of Batman’s nemesis.

Plus, he’d rather it be a surprise for audiences when it hits theater October 4. He’s even playing a little coy with his own studio, telling them he couldn’t describe it. When they asked for a genre, at least, he said, “It’s a tragedy.”

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Zazie Beetz, Robert De Niro, Marc Maron, and Shea Wigham also star.