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Joker Enters the Billionaires Club

by Ace Damon
Joker Enters the Billionaires Club

Who's laughing now?

Joker, the comic book in name only (according director and co-writer Todd Phillips) went down the stairs and into a pot of gold to win over $ 1 billion according to variety, giving Warner Bros. such a necessary success after The Goldfinch, Motherless Brooklyn, The Kitchen, Doctor Sleep and Blinded By The Light failed to connect at the box office.

Joaquin Phoenix has almost an Oscar nomination for his role as Arthur Fleck, a Gotham newcomer to DC Comics who suffers from pseudobulbar affection, questionable parenting, and lives in an apartment that desperately needs Scrubbing Bubbles®.

The Joker joins The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises in the billion-dollar club, but even the film's detractors would agree that this version is different from the Batfilms that came before. This dark and strangely nihilistic tale, less about cool clothes and elegant action sequences, seems to delight in attachment to a sociopath, and it can be argued that it cheers him up when he makes his final capitulation to violent tendencies. Cesar Romero is not!

While Heath Ledger's version of the Joker has lit a huge pile of money, it is not clear that Phillips and Phoenix plan to do the same, moving away from a potential second chapter. The movie ends (and since winning a billion dollars doesn't cry for spoilers) with Joker incarcerated, but having reached its final form. He is a killer and runs through the corridors leaving blood trails like a macabre Keystone Kop.

During the initial press of the press, Phillips demoted an idea of ​​a sequel, saying that he wanted this movie to be lived by himself. This was greatly overshadowed by Phillips telling V.F Joe Hagan that "the awakened culture" is what kept him from comedy, perhaps further encouraging certain demographics to vote with his wallets over the opening weekend. (The initial audience strongly distorted young and male.)

A recent article at the Los Angeles Times reiterates that there are no immediate plans to return to Gotham, but Phoenix has made Phillips' request "in jest – but not really" and Phillips is already wondering how that might work.

"Couldn't it be just this wild and crazy movie about & # 39; The Clown Prince of Crime & # 39;", he said the paper. “It would have to have some thematic resonance similar to that. Because I think that's why the movie got connected, that's what's happening underneath. Many movies are about the spark, and this is about the dust. "

Yes, I'm not 100% sure what he's doing with this dust metaphor either. But again, it's not me who can buy a small island in the Aegean Sea thanks to making a Batman movie.

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