Joker is now in theaters. ...And there is where the big debate about Joker's ending really begins. Follow her on Twitter @jessieannwade. Some of the first shared footage displayed Phoenix in a subway with a mob of other masked assailants. In his confession, Goetz said he was going to gouge out one of the teenagers’ eyes with his keys, but changed his mind. Talking to the publication, Senator Alfonse D’Amato said even his bodyguard was scared to go down those steps. If I had more bullets I would have shot them all again and again.”, Much of the public not only sympathised with Goetz but sided with him. There’s something of Taxi Driver’s Travis Bickle [an inspiration for Joker] about it. You Need One of These 4KTVs, HyperX Cloud II Wireless Gaming Headset Review, PS5 Comes With a (Literally) Game-Changing Feature for People Who Invert Y-Axis, Joaquin Phoenix in the Brooklyn subway station filming for the Joker was leaked Monday, Things Ghost of Tsushima Doesn't Tell You. The subway was spawning potential vigilantes. “In New York City there are no liberals any more on the crime and the law-and- order issues,” said Wilson. And one of them had a gun.”. “What happened here is I snapped. Ten seconds after the unimposing, white and bespectacled electrical engineer sat down, he was asked for $5 from 19-year old African American Troy Canty, who was with three teenage friends. The therapist asks what so funny, and Arthur says, "It's a joke... you wouldn't get it." This site uses cookies. So, which Arkham is the real Arkham? With Murray Franklin, where he has been invited after the show played a popular clip of Arthur bombing at a comedy club. Director Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix are back to work in the New York subways. The shooting wasn’t completely spontaneous. 11 Batman Villains Who Deserve Great Movies. Fleck, who has already been pummelled on the streets by various gangs, finally snaps at the group of drunken Wall Street traders, who, having leered and swaggered through the carriage, punch him to the floor. To top it off, Phoenix smokes a cigarette as police rush towards the direction he is leaving. This exploration of the life of Arthur Fleck, a man disregarded by society, is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale. Strong bloody violence, disturbing behavior, language and brief sexual images, PS5 Day One Livestream Walkthrough and AMA, The Best Anime Fanfiction Where the Hero Is a Villain, Daily Deals: Preorder Cyberpunk 2077 for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, or PC and Save 17% Off, The Most Messed Up Moments in the Comic Book Version of ‘The Boys’, Where to Find PS5 When It Comes Into Stock Today, PSA: Use a LAN Cable to Transfer PS4 Games to PS5, Got a Next-Gen Console? Half an hour into Todd Phillips’s Joker, Joaquin Phoenix’s Arthur Fleck, a downtrodden, unstable part-time clown in 1980s New York, fatally shoots three aggressors on a subway train. Goetz's defence was the same. The extras were denied their break after two hours of work and started banging on the subway doors asking to be let out as many needed to use the restroom. Arthur is reborn as "Joker," and dances on the cop car with his acolytes all around, as Gotham burns in the background. It's a frightening piece of work and, maybe, a warning. In court, defense attorney Barry Slotnick asserted that, despite his statement, Goetz had never said, “You seem to be doing alright, here’s another,” and had just thought that to himself in retrospect. 36 per cent said they didn’t have enough details to form a judgment. As protesters in Lebanon, Iraq, Chile, Bolivia, Hong Kong and Spain railed against governments they felt had abandoned them, a few in the crowds … Now, new set photos and video continue to highlight the dramatic subway scene. Find out more, The Telegraph values your comments but kindly requests all posts are on topic, constructive and respectful. As Arthur wakes up from his unconscious state, the infamous Wayne murders occur nearby, when a clown-faced killer assassinates Thomas and Martha Wayne in solidarity with Arthur's cause. He dismantled his gun, discarding the parts in the woods, then motel hopped for a few days under pseudonyms before eventually turning himself in to the police. Joker also stars Zazie Beetz (as a love interest), Robert De Niro, Marc Maron, Frances Conroy, and Josh Pais. Goetz whipped out a pistol and shot all four of them. The final sequence of the movie sees Arthur institutionalized, wearing a whit jump suit and speaking to therapist. The parallels with Todd Phillips’s Joker are unmistakable: after one shooting, Fleck tells his audience the city is an uncompassionate one, its injustices unchecked. Denied, he went to Florida and bought a revolver anyway. Goetz, who suffered permanent knee damage from being smashed into a plate-glass window during the attack, was even angrier when the youth’s only charge was for criminal mischief. We encourage you to read our updated PRIVACY POLICY and COOKIE POLICY. Looking at us, he is the everyman, his blank expression inviting the viewer to project their own fears and desires onto the incident. But they were, and there was a groundswell of support for him. Extras for the movie were reportedly locked in a train car and denied their break after two hours. In court, he said one of the teenagers made a gesture that suggested he might have one too. Joker is set amidst the same frame of unrest: “Is it just me, or is it getting crazier out there?” muses Arthur Fleck at the start of the film to his therapist. There is some neat symbolism and meaning here with the masks and his clown makeup during that chase. The assassination sends the already tense and bubbling Gotham into a full-on frenzy. The film closes on a sequence of an orderly pursuing Arthur back-and-forth across a hallway, in homage to an old Charlie Chaplin-style silent film comedy. Narrator: In "Joker," Joaquin Phoenix portrays a new, complex version of the classic "Batman" villain: ... leaving a trail of bloody red footprints. New York was beginning to look like dystopian fascist sci-fi, the lines between good and bad, and law and order, blurring. According to the hosts and producers of these shows, said the paper, the specific details of the case seemed unimportant – what mattered was that someone had chosen to fight back. It wasn’t true that he did what he did because people were “looking for a hero,” he said in his confession. On the news, Fleck watches scenes of cars burning and gangs looting. And in a 1985 newspaper interview, Cabey said his friends had indeed intended to rob Goetz. This is one of the director's subtle cues that the film is set in 1981, and also ties into another 80s classic. The fun part is that like a lot of traditional Joker origin stories it's ambiguous enough to keep fans debating, and rewatching the film for deeper meanings and clues. A neighbour told New York magazine that at a 1980 community meeting, Goetz had suggested that “the only way to clean up the streets is to get rid of the n------ and the spics.” And recalling the shooting, Goetz had explained why he shot one of the teenagers, Darrell Cabey, for a second time. Frank Miller's famous gritty re-imagining of Batman, 1986's The Dark Knight Returns , was the first story to … The final shot of Joker is a long take looking down the asylum hallway as Arthur exits the shrink’s office, leaving bloody footprints behind as he goes, implying he killed his therapist. Jurors found that Goetz had deliberately inflicted emotional distress on Cabey, who was awarded £43m for pain and suffering, and in punitive damages. The debate among moivegoers is whether or not this origin story of The Joker is actually real, or just one big joke that director Todd Phillips is playing on us. 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