Joaquin Phoenix's 'Joker' movie officially receives 'R' rating

Joaquin Phoenix's 'Joker' movie officially receives 'R' rating

After speculation that Joaquin Phoenix's Joker movie would receive an 'R' rating, it has been officially confirmed.

The movie's official website states that Joker has been rated R because of "strong bloody violence, disturbing behavior, language, and brief sexual images."

People have been extremely interested in how Joaquin Phoenix would portray the iconic character since his casting was announced with Marc Maron, who plays Ted Marco, describing his portrayal as a "character study of a mentally ill person that becomes the Joker," adding that the film was "an intimate and gritty movie with a very specific scope."

If you haven't seen it yet, this is the incredible trailer for Joker: 

"It's set in the late '70s, early '80s and it feels like it was made then. It's gritty in its look," co-head and artistic director of TIFF, Cameron Bailey, revealed to the Toronto Sun. "It has references to Martin Scorsese's filmmaking and it feels like a cinematic achievement on a high level. Although it's working with very populist material, it has great ambition. That's why it's a Gala."

Meanwhile, Michael E. Uslan, producer of the Batman movies, has further whet appetites for the movie, stating that Joker is "unlike any comic book movie you've ever seen."

In addition to Phoenix's role in the movie, it has an all-star cast featuring Zazie Beetz (Deadpool 2), Bill Camp (Red Sparrow, Molly’s Game), Frances Conroy (American Horror Story), Brett Cullen (Narcos), Glenn Fleshler (Barry), Douglas Hodge (Penny Dreadful), Marc Maron (GLOW), Josh Pais (Motherless Brooklyn), and Shea Whigham (First Man).

At a convention appearance in Germany, Uslan said: "I thought Guardians of the Galaxy was different and unique when it came out. I thought Deadpool was different and unique when it came out. This Joker movie is different and unique and it’s unlike any comic book movie you’ve ever seen."

"It's maybe more like a Martin Scorsese, low-budget film noir crime drama, but I have all the faith in the world in Todd, the brilliantly talented Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro. It’s an incredible, incredible group of people that’s brought this to life."

Joker is set to be released on October 4.