While most fans are looking forward to seeing Todd Phillips’ Joker in theaters once it hits the big screen, there are those out there who are none too happy about the idea that this film may cause people to feel sympathetic for the iconic Batman villain. The Joker movie will tell the tale of Arthur Fleck and how he is driven to take on the persona of the Joker, a villain mostly associated with horrific violence.
Actress Zazie Beetz stars in the film as well and doesn’t deny that the movie has a sympathetic viewpoint. But, Beetz does argue that this sympathy is aimed towards Arthur’s predicament on a broader scale and not solely on the Joker:
“It’s kind of an empathy toward isolation. And an empathy towards what is our duty as a society to address people who slip through the cracks in a way. There is a lot of culture of that right now. So is it empathy for that or just an observation on personalities who struggle?”
Phoenix also commented on this as well, but was more tight lipped and would rather the audience decide:
“The great joy of the film for the audience is that they get to decide for themselves [what to think about Arthur’s transformation],” Phoenix said. “That’s what I was attracted to. In most movies, certainly in genre movies where there is a hero and the villain, the motivations of the character are clear. What I like about this is that I was never certain what was motivating him. I have my own opinion. I think I know what it is for me. But I wouldn’t want to impose on anyone who hasn’t seen the movie.”
Make sure to watch the Joker for yourself to decide how you feel about how the film conveyed its story. The already critically acclaimed film hits theaters on October 4th.
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