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I hung out on the set of the new 'Joker' movie. This is what I saw.

I hung out on the set of the new 'Joker' movie. This is what I saw.

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I hung out on the set of the new 'Joker' movie. This is what I saw. Joker1.jpg
By Cassidy Grom | NJ Advance Media

It's 7 a.m. I roll out of bed and don my best Clark Kent outfit. Except mine includes a turtleneck and wool socks. I ditch that metaphor because I'm not heading to Metropolis, and I grab a cup of coffee and off to Newark, er, I mean, Gotham City.

Gotham รข€" the city of the caped crusader. I half-expect, at least hope, to see the Batman (in whichever form as long as it's not the "Batman and Robin" version) swooping out of the sky, and to hear Joker's devious laugh.

Instead, all I saw was another street performer trying to make a living.

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Ther e are several old-timey cars on Market Street, which seems a bit weird, and some trash and sketchy buildings, which seems about normal.

Apparently, set designers came in earlier this weekend to transform the street into a seedy 1980's Gotham for the new film featuring Batman's nemesis, the Joker. A phone booth? Not sure I've ever seen one of those in real life.

I park a few blocks from where they are filming. As I make my way past the Prudential Center, I start to see it. The dressing room trailers and the boom mics in the air. Extras are standing around, waiting for their cue.

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Word on the literal street is that Golden Globe Award-winning actor Joaquin Phoenix might be around, but I can't find him anywhere. Some cops are making sure no one can get too close to the set.

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My search for Phoenix continues; I'm not sure what I would say to him if I actually met him but it would probably be something like, "Hi, uh, I named my dog Joker because he smiles like the Joker."

I realize maybe it is best if I don't run into Phoenix.

Some extras walk by wearing 1980's costumes, but it is unclear if they were the same extras that were locked in a Brooklyn train car last weekend and resorted to peeing on the tracks. Probably better not to ask.

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I inch a little closer to the set, stowing my long-lens camera, and pull out my iPhone so the cops won't yell at me.

I see people who look important stare at screens that are clearly important. And then, piano music starts up and. . .

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