R | | Crime, Drama, Thriller
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".
A week after the film's release, Joaquin Phoenix secretly attended a Saturday screening at a movie house in the San Fernando Valley in which he surprised fans after the film was over. Phoenix ended up answering questions about the film, posing with fans, and shaking hands. He got a little stage fright when asked to do his tormented Joker laugh from the film.
Arthur... does it help to have someone to talk to?"
When Arthur is taking a smoke break outside the hospital, and the detectives confront him, he gets up and tries to re-enter the hospital but the automatic door doesn't open. Arthur waves frantically at the motion sensor atop the door trying to get it to open. However, motion-sensing automatic doors, now common, were extremely uncommon in 1981; the older bottom mat weight sensor based "supermarket door" style would have been prevalent for automatic doors.
The DC Comics logo appears at the end of this film, marking it as a standalone tale.
$96,202,337 6 October 2019
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