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"Joker" director Todd Phillips is once again offering fans a behind the scenes glimpse at his upcoming DC spinoff film, this time with a first look at actress Zazie Beetz in character -- and some disappointment over all of those leaked paparazzi shots from the film's New York City set.

In a post on Instagram, Phillips introduced fans to Beetz's character, who's so far remaining nameless, but is rumored to be a single mother who catches the eye of Joaquin Phoenix's titular villain.



Phillips said he was "so excited" to work with Beetz, whom "Deadpool 2" fans are no doubt eager to see back on the big screen. But one thing that's not so exciting for Phillips? All of the paparazzi attention that's been flooding the production.

When a fan joked in an Instagram comment (via The Playlist) that Phillips should "stop with the hype" for the movie when it won't be released for more than a year, the director responded that he's sick of "bad" paparazzi shots getting so much attention.



"So I figure, may as well put out some good ones," Phillips wrote of the photo and video he has shared so far.

Sounds like a solid plan to us. More official behind the scenes images are never a bad thing (as long as they're spoiler-free, obviously).

"Joker" is due in theaters on October 4, 2019. If you're looking for more intel before then, head over to Phillips's Instagram page.

[h/t The Playlist]