If there’s one movie people are clamoring to see in late 2019, it’s Joker. The world already saw Captain Marvel, Avengers: Endgame, and even Spider-Man: Far from Home a few months back. But this is not your typical comic book film.
While everyone expects explosions, CGI, and general humor in Marvel superhero films, they know that Joker is about to deliver in a wholly different manner. Yet even though it’s not yet out in cinemas, many people are already voicing out against it.
What’s Up With ‘Joker’, Anyway?
So why is there outrage toward the DC film? To understand this, we have to know what it’s about. As the title implies, Joker focuses on the life of the infamous DC villain.
While Batman has so many other compelling foes such as Bane, Two-Face, and Penguin, you cannot deny that it’s the Joker who gets the most attention — and for good reason.
The Joker is an iconic character that’s been part of pop culture for decades now. His brand of evil is intriguing because there is seemingly no point to it. He doesn’t want money or fame.
Remember what the late Heath Ledger’s Joker said in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight? “I’m an agent of chaos.” This is a demented man you can’t just please with a case full of gold bars. Thus, it makes sense why so many people want to see his origin story.
A Tragic Past Related to The Joker
Here’s the thing: It’s not senseless for people to feel uneasy about another film focusing on the Joker. In 2012, one of the most tragic events in the history of the United States occurred.
In particular, the incident happened during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises, which was the final entry to Nolan’s Batman trilogy. A man with tear grass grenades and several firearms entered the cinema.
He killed 12 people and injured 58 others. The man was charged with 12 life sentences and pleaded not guilty because of insanity. Thus, the fear is that Joker may be the push for another mentally unstable individual to commit the unthinkable.
Putting Things Into Perspective
With all the negative about the movie, Joker is doing well in terms of critical acclaim. It just won the Golden Lion at the 76th Venice International Film Festival — and critics are praising the performance of Joaquin Phoenix.
Joker is set for a US release on the 4th of October. But should Warner Bros. Pictures do anything to curb the hate it’s getting? Nope. As it is, the film deserves a wide theatrical release like any other film.
There have been countless movies depicting insane and violent characters. From this perspective, it’s easy to see that the gruesome incident in 2012 wasn’t an indicator of a recurring pattern.
Instead, some people will commit atrocious crimes whether Joker is released or not. The media can blame films or video games, but the truth remains: It’s the people who do bad things to people.
Rather than see the Todd Phillips film as something that worships or encourages the behavior of someone like the Joker, we should see it as it is: The promising origin story of a complex character.