Apparently, Joker has been too scary. The most famous (infamous?) Psychotic Killer of all times will now appear as a friendly, circus clown.
So basically, right now, we have one joker in cool, evil-looking make-up, and another in dopey, rather boring, circus make-up.
Oh, I'm not judging the Character! I'm judging the Make-Up Artist! Phoenix is a fine actor, and I'm sure he will do fantastic in the role. It's strictly the make-up - which has always been a major factor of the Joker.Why judge a character's incarnation based on the superficial look they chose for him?