When Joker hits 4, theater screens across North America on Friday, it will arrive cloaked in the kind of buzz that a studio distributor like Warner Bros. For their part, the filmmakers maintain their movie has nothing to do with the national debate surrounding gun violence and hope viewers will evaluate Joker accordingly.
It is going to be a very unique experience. So how did the film become something audiences seem to be simultaneously scared of and clamoring to see?
The Joker's Weapons
Warner Bros. The Academy Award—winning Dallas Buyers Club actor reportedly makes his unhappiness with the idea of multiple Jokers abundantly clear to his agents at the Hollywood powerhouse Creative Artists Agency and weaponizes that concern to take meetings with rival agents at William Morris Endeavor.
Also during that month, producer Emma Tillinger Koskoff admits the production hit some turbulence in its attempts to convince the studio to take an edgy gamble with valuable IP. But once we locked and loaded our budget, they really gave us a tremendous amount of space to do what we do.
According to a New York Times interview with Phillips that picked up significant traction on Movie Twitter last month, Phoenix consistently baffles his co-stars during principal photography, losing his composure on set and bailing out mid-performance without a word of explanation.
Dated April 13,the screenplay sparks outrage for its sympathetic take on the Arthur Fleck backstory — portraying the villainous character as a victim worthy of compassion, a victim of a society gone mad. Note: One day before the script leaked, Universal announced that The Hunta movie about a group of Americans who are kidnapped and dropped off in a rural area in Europe to be hunted for sport by rich people, would be indefinitely shelved following its own cycle of controversy.
The final trailer for Joker drops, depicting a pitiable man suffering with mental illness who is ostracized by a corrupt society and forced to fend for himself in poverty. Initial shock that Warner Bros. Amid the Venice praise, however, comes full-fledged, pointed criticism, too. Making its North American touchdown at the Toronto International Film Festivalthe film triggers fresh rounds of dissection and discussion in stark contrast to its rapturous reception in Venice.
A visibly agitated Phoenix storms out of an interview with U. Why, would you …? Five family members and friends of the 12 people killed during the Aurora shooting send a letter to Warner Bros.
Also that day, the U. The theater chain Cinemark and Warner Bros. Make no mistake: Neither the fictional character Joker, nor the film, is an endorsement of real-world violence of any kind. It is not the intention of the film, the filmmakers, or the studio to hold this character up as a hero. In an effort to thwart the rising din of questions from the press, Warner Bros.
The studio limits the appearances of Phillips, Phoenix, and co-stars including Zazie Beetz and Marc Maron to what basically becomes a glorified photo op. Not to be outdone by their L. Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! News outlets deliver rat-pack coverage of the outtake, jumping at this latest opportunity to characterize the actor as a mercurial and thin-skinned artiste.
There are lines to be rode … If you want to take chances, you can still take chances.He fights Batman and terrorizes Gotham City, that much is clear, but how exactly does he do it? Like any good comedian, the Joker is never without a prop or two that can cause a laugh. When they mix, these false-teeth-held chemicals cause an intense explosion that is capable of killing anyone nearby. In fact, the Joker has once used this genius weapon to blast a hole in the door of a jail cell that he was being held in, thus allowing him to escape.
Perhaps the most well-known weapon in his arsenal, Joker Venom is not only toxic, but it also works as a fantastic metaphor for its user, as the Joker is one of the most venomous and toxic villains in pop culture history.
The Joker is able to create different versions of his venom, with some taking effect after a prolonged period of time — such as when he needs his killing to be discreet — and others simply paralyzing a body or even going so far as to induce a state of psychosis and bring about hallucinations and involuntary muscle movement.
Like the vaudevillian um, joker that he bases his life off of, the Joker is no stranger to comedic props; he just likes to give them a deadly twist. This weapon played a big part in the Batman movie, as well as Batman: The Animated Series, which saw the Joker use the flower lapel to spray laughing gas.
Except for the case in the Batman movie where he used it to destroy a television set out of frustration. Like anything that the Joker does, the cane is for murderous purposes, and hidden inside the cane is a long sword that he likes to use to do what the Joker does best; kill people. As a master fighter and swordsman, the Joker can flourish this sword around and drop an enemy in no time, then return it to its cane sheath and walk around with it to fade into the night inconspicuously.
Or at least as inconspicuous as a crazily smiling jester walking around Gotham City with a cane can possibly be. So much of what makes the Joker a worldwide fan favorite villain is his cartoonish nature. Just like in classic Road Runner cartoons, the Joker will pull out a toy gun ripped from the ACME catalogue and pull the trigger in front of an enemy. On the second pull of the trigger the flag itself is propelled out of the barrel and plunged into whatever target is unlucky enough to be in the way.
Only the Joker could make the standard weapon of choice for every villain look more deadly than they already are.
As a trained fighter and one of the most skilled combatants in all of comics, the Joker knows his way around a gun or a knife better than almost any fictional character you can think of. Sometimes he likes to play it casual, go back to basics, and commit murder the old fashioned way. The Joker walked into a room full of criminals and made demands. Ta-da, what a trick!
Perhaps he planned the pencil trick in advance, but more likely is that he saw a pencil, improvised a strategy, and executed it along with the hand of the guy on the other end of the pencil perfectly in the span of a few seconds.Revolver Scene - Joker
And the right moment will always present itself, because the Joker usually knows exactly how each of his schemes are going to play out. Similar to Spider-Man nemesis the Green Goblin, the Joker has proven adept at lobbing bombs at the good guys and making them do all sorts of neat stuff. Sure, a nice juicy explosion here and there is all well and good for the Joker, but these explosions are usually just, um, cannon fodder when compared to the larger terror that the Joker is trying to inflict on Gotham.
And yet look at the carnage that the Joker has been able to inflict with that thing over the years. Robin — eventually leading to his death. The Joker is no stranger to plans of mass killing, and were it not for Batman he would undoubtedly be responsible for the highest body count in comic book history.
And while a few citizens of Gotham did end up dying in the attack, Batman eventually stepped in and stopped the attack by pulling away the balloons in his Batwing and releasing them away from innocent bystanders. Of all the weapons that the Joker has ever wielded, there is none more powerful than what lurks inside his mind, ready to come out at any moment to strike down anyone foolish enough to challenge him.
Which of these weapons would you not want to find yourself on the other end of? Are there any we missed? Let us know in the comments! Share Tweet Email 0. Related Topics Lists batman. Money Heist: 15 Best Characters, Ranked.In Gotham City, mentally troubled comedian Arthur Fleck is disregarded and mistreated by society. He then embarks on a downward spiral of revolution and bloody crime.
This path brings him face-to-face with his alter-ego: the Joker. For an enhanced browsing experience, get the IMDb app on your smartphone or tablet. Get the IMDb app. After 3 previous nominations, Joaquin Phoenix brought home an Oscar for his role as the troubled Arthur Fleck in Joker. Watch now. Joaquin Phoenix called perfecting the Joker's laugh the toughest part of playing the character. News Anchor : The news never ends.
This is GCR. You get all the news you need, all day long. Good morning. It's 42 degrees at on this Thursday, October 15th. I'm Stan L. Brooks, and here's what's happening. Being at the age of 43, Phoenix was far too old to be playing against an eight-year-old Bruce Wayne. By the time that Wayne would be old enough to be Batman, Joker would be in his seventies.
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Frances Conroy. Brett Cullen. Shea Whigham. Bill Camp. Glenn Fleshler. Leigh Gill. Josh Pais. Rocco Luna. Marc Maron. Sondra James. Murphy Guyer.Joker is a American psychological thriller film directed and produced by Todd Phillipswho co-wrote the screenplay with Scott Silver. The film, based on DC Comics characters, stars Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker and provides a possible origin story for the character. Set init follows Arthur Fleck, a failed stand-up comedian whose descent into insanity and nihilism inspires a violent counter-cultural revolution against the wealthy in a decaying Gotham City.
Joker was produced by Warner Bros. Phillips conceived Joker in and wrote the script with Silver throughout The two were inspired by s character studies and the films of Martin Scorsese particularly Taxi Driver and The King of Comedywho was initially attached to the project as a producer. The graphic novel Batman: The Killing Joke was the basis for the film's premise, but Phillips and Silver otherwise did not look to specific comics for inspiration.
Phoenix became attached in February and was cast that July, while the majority of the cast signed on by August. Joker is the first live-action theatrical Batman film to receive an R-rating from the Motion Picture Association of Americadue to its violent and disturbing content. The film polarized critics; while it was highly praised for Phoenix's performance, the musical score, cinematography and production values, it was met with mixed reception concerning Phillips' screenplay and direction.
The film's dark tone, portrayal of mental illness, and handling of violence divided opinion and also generated concerns of inspiring real-world violence; the movie theater where the Aurora, Colorado mass shooting occurred during a screening of The Dark Knight Rises refused to show it.
Joker received numerous accolades. Inparty clown and aspiring stand-up comedian Arthur Fleck lives with his mother, Penny, in Gotham City. Gotham is rife with crime and unemployment, leaving swathes of the population disenfranchised and impoverished.
Arthur suffers from a medical disorder that causes him to laugh at inappropriate times; he depends on social services for medication. After a gang of delinquents attacks Arthur in an alley, his co-worker, Randall, gives him a gun for protection.
Arthur meets his neighbor, single mother Sophie Dumond, and invites her to his upcoming stand-up routine at a nightclub. While entertaining at a children's hospital, Arthur's gun falls out of his pocket.
Randall lies to management that Arthur bought the gun himself and Arthur is fired. On the subway, still in his clown makeup, Arthur is beaten by three drunken Wayne Enterprises businessmen; he shoots two in self-defense and executes the third.
The murders are condemned by billionaire mayoral candidate Thomas Waynewho calls those envious of more successful people "clowns. Funding cuts shutter the social service program, leaving Arthur without his medication.
All this results in Arthur having a mental breakdown, leading him to knock on Sophie's door and passionately kiss her, leading to a budding relationship. Sophie attends Arthur's stand-up routine, which goes poorly; he laughs uncontrollably and has difficulty delivering his jokes.
Popular talk show host Murray Franklin mocks Arthur by showing clips from the comedy routine on his show. Arthur intercepts a letter written by Penny to Thomas, alleging that he is Thomas's illegitimate son, and berates his mother for hiding the truth.
Arthur goes to Wayne Manorwhere he meets Thomas's young son Brucebut flees after a scuffle with the family butler Alfred Pennyworth. Following a visit from two Gotham City Police Department detectives investigating Arthur's involvement in the train murders, Penny suffers a stroke and is hospitalized. At a public event, Arthur confronts Thomas, who tells him that Penny is delusional and not his biological mother. In denial, Arthur visits Arkham State Hospital and steals Penny's case file; the file says Penny adopted Arthur as a baby and allowed her abusive boyfriend to harm them both.
However, Penny says that Thomas used his influence to fabricate the adoption to hide their affair. Distraught, Arthur returns home and enters Sophie's apartment unannounced.
Frightened, Sophie tells him to leave and their previous encounters are revealed to be Arthur's delusions.In Gotham City, mentally troubled comedian Arthur Fleck is disregarded and mistreated by society. He then embarks on a downward spiral of revolution and bloody crime. This path brings him face-to-face with his alter-ego: the Joker. Joker centers around an origin of the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone story not seen before on the big screen.
Todd Phillips' exploration of Arthur Fleck Joaquin Phoenixa man disregarded by society is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.
Arthur Fleck works as a clown and is an aspiring stand-up comic.
He has mental health issues, part of which involves uncontrollable laughter. Times are tough and, due to his issues and occupation, Arthur has an even worse time than most. Over time these issues bear down on him, shaping his actions, making him ultimately take on the persona he is more known as Arthur Fleck is a wannabe stand-up comic who suffers from many mental illnesses, including one which causes him to laugh uncontrollably when he is nervous, and often gets him into bad situations.
Arthur's mental health causes almost all people in society to reject and look down upon him, even though all he wants is to be accepted by others. After being brutally beaten, having his medication cut off, Arthur's life begins to spiral downward out-of-control into delusions, violence, and anarchy until he eventually transforms into Gotham's infamous Clown-Prince of Crime.
A socially inept clown for hire - Arthur Fleck aspires to be a stand up comedian among his small job working dressed as a clown holding a sign for advertising. He takes care of his mother- Penny Fleck, and as he learns more about his mental illness, he learns more about his past. Dealing with all the negativity and bullying from society he heads downwards on a spiral, in turn showing how his alter ego "Joker", came to be. Struggling to make people laugh in grim earlys Gotham City, the mentally ill street clown and failed stand-up comedian, Arthur Fleck, wears his smudgy makeup every day to eke out an existence.
Mocked, bullied, and above all, marginalised, Fleck's slippery grip on reality will pave the way for a gradual descent into a dark world of unrestrained violence, as a loaded revolver enters the picture offering the long-awaited liberation. Then, the medications stopped working, and troubled Arthur's fierce hatred seems to be the only way out. Is the world prepared for the gloriously malevolent advent of the grinned super-villain, Joker?
Forever alone in a crowd, failed comedian Arthur Fleck seeks connection as he walks the streets of Gotham City. Arthur wears two masks -- the one he paints for his day job as a clown, and the guise he projects in a futile attempt to feel like he's part of the world around him. Isolated, bullied and disregarded by society, Fleck begins a slow descent into madness as he transforms into the criminal mastermind known as the Joker. Sign In. Edit Joker Jump to: Summaries 7 Synopsis 1. The synopsis below may give away important plot points.
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I thought a lot about that while watching Jokerthe new origin story from director Todd Phillips, which premiered at the Venice International Film Festival on Saturday. In the film, written by Phillips and Scott Silver, we watch the terrible burgeoning of just such a man and are, in some grim way, asked to sympathize with him.
Phillips knows this, smuggling a heap of dark social commentary inside the gritty comic book reboot package.
There is undeniable style and propulsive charge to Jokera film that looms and leers with nasty inexorability. But from a step back, outside in the baking Venetian heat, it also may be irresponsible propaganda for the very men it pathologizes. Is Joker celebratory or horrified? Not after one viewing, anyway.
What I can tell you is that the reaction to the film from my packed audience of Italians and other international filmgoers sounded like roaring acclaim. At the center of all this creeping ruin is Joaquin Phoenix, hunched and emaciated, laughing and laughing and laughing and dancing away. An interesting alteration, but also one of the many elements of the movie that could be seen as stigmatizing neuroatypicality, coding it as a symbol of off-ness and malevolence.
Again, relatable. But as Arthur descends into the fury of his mind government austerity has cut off his supply of medicationmurder becomes his only release, a gun his only friend and sense of agency—of assertive strength, really. But maybe, with all the arch period music the movie seems located somewhere in the s and Phoenix theatrics, a small part of us is supposed to agree.
Which should scare us, I think. The movie is, for a good stretch, a troubling and arresting character study, one done with nervy conviction. Eventually, though, Phillips has to more tightly attach this downward spiral to the larger Gotham mythology, which is where the provocative ambivalence of the film gives way to veneration.