Sparking waves of controversy, Todd Phillips’ Joker amassed a whopping $1 billion at the box office worldwide. Warner Bros. has released a new featurette that gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at Phillips’ vision and direction style while creating the film.
In the featurette, Phillips divulges why the film’s gritty backdrop was set in the past.
“In my mind, it was always New York City, 1981. What did that look like, and what did that feel like? It was a very run-down, broken-down city. And that was exciting to us as a place to put this character. We were in the midst of a trash strike, social services are being cut which affects people like Arthur….What does it feel like to be somebody like that [Arthur] in a world that lacks empathy? And that’s ultimately what the movie’s really about,” Phillips explains.
Check out the new featurette below.