Frightening & Intense Scenes (11)

  • Severe
  • The Joker develops a very sick and demented sense of humor towards the film's culmination, and as such, some of his actions and statements can be extremely off-putting for some viewers.
  • Some scenes of violence are unexpected and can be shocking.
  • Despite this essentially being a "comic book" film, it is incredibly violent, nauseating and disturbing.
  • This film is incredibly hardcore and disturbingly violent, and it's not for the squeamish nor the faint of heart.
  • The film's tone is relentlessly dark and is designed to leave the viewer exhausted & in despair by its denouement.
  • The scene when Arthur kills his ex colleague in the apartment is unexpected and extremely shocking and graphic. For more details look at the violence / gore section
  • Arthur smothers his mother after learning she abused and lied to him. This scene feels very lengthy and is extremely unsettling.
  • Near the end, Joker shoots Murray Franklin in the head on live TV. This is extremely shocking and disturbing
  • While performing in a children's hospital, Arthur drops a gun in front of a group of sick children and hospital workers. This may be shocking and quite offensive to some viewers, although the tone of the scene is darkly comedic.
  • In a flashback it is revealed that Arthur Fleck was abused as a child, as his mother would let men beat him physically while tied to a radiator. This information is just briefly spoken and never shown.
  • Throughout the film, Arthur is constantly tormented by Gotham's society and as a result, he becomes more and more unhinged and chaotic until he becomes the titular character, the notorious homicidal supervillain known as the Joker. His descent into madness is chilling, and he starts killing people out of revenge for what they did to him. This is emotionally upsetting.