Joker received an eight-minute standing ovation at its Venice Film Festival premiere Saturday night.
According to Variety, stars Joaquin Phoenix and Zazie Beetz were in attendance, as well as director Todd Phillips. Robert De Niro, however, was not able to make the trip.
The weekend also featured two completely packed press screenings, the second of which received tremendous applause. Phoenix’s performance in particular is generating major awards buzz.
Joker will serve as an independent origin story for the Caped Crusader's arch nemesis, meaning it will not connect with the DC Extended Universe, or feature an appearance by Batman. Phillips is hoping that WarnerMedia and DC will allow other directors to take more creative and independent approaches towards their characters in the future. While the studio is hesitant towards the idea at the moment, Joker's impending success could change its mind.
The movie will continue its film festival run with a stop in Toronto.
Directed by Todd Phillips, Joker stars Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Douglas Hodge, Marc Maron, Josh Pais and Shea Whigham. The film arrives in theaters Oct. 4.