The Joker Film Is Going to Be Miserable and That’s the Point [And That’s Okay]

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I rarely like calling people out from the internet. But, there is one case that I must.

I will be the first one to say that I adore the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Almost every movie has been exciting, a ton of fun, and just an absolute joy for comic book/superhero fans. That being said, I don’t want every movie to be exactly like the MCU. We need variety and we need movies to be able to tell different stories. Spider-Man is fun and Ant-Man is an absolutely enjoyable ride, but not every story is like that. What made the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy so good? Its ability to tap into the realism of the story of Gotham and studying the different psyche of human behavior. That is what the upcoming Joker movie will be and I’m glad it’s going to be “miserable”.

Put On a Happy Face

Todd Phillips is taking the Joker character, who is arguably one of the most well-known comic book villains of all time; and twisting it inside out to completely explore the inner confines of this complex character. We have heard that Phillips is not basing the Joker on any comic book storyline, but just from what we’ve seen, it is going to embody what the Clown Prince of Crime should be. In today’s society, so many people don’t want to see a story like this. They are unable to grasp the idea of a movie where the main character descends into madness. It’s almost as if we are going back to the days of the old rules of cinema, where the bad guys must get their “just dessert” at the end. But, not every story is happy. Not every person with a tragic past finds redemption. Instead, they fall and they become horrific forces. Why are we so afraid to see something like this on-screen? It’s a story and it needs to be told. Maybe if Arthur Fleck felt something akin to humane kindness, he would have turned out different. But, that is not what the Joker is all about.

We Need Variety in Comic Book Movies

The Joker will not be happy. It will not be fun. Instead, it is a cinematic film that is using a comic book name that makes people assume it’s going to be Iron Man or even Deadpool. Raunchy, yes. Cursing, yes. But, still a comical story. But, not every clown smiles. Let’s imagine that Heath Ledger’s Joker existed today. We revere Ledger’s performance as the best Joker performance we’ve seen, but we had seen the Joker when he was already the Joker. Why is an origins story garnering such resistance when we are praising another actor for bringing a murderous villain to life?

Joaquin Phoenix and Todd Phillips are bringing us something that is going to play out beautifully on-screen. It’s going to be tragic and there isn’t going to be a happy ending. Sometimes, that’s life. Maybe you don’t go to the movies to see that. That’s okay. But, understand that not every movie has to be a bright and shining life for you to take time out of your day to watch. If it isn’t your thing, then it isn’t your thing. Cinema should offer variety.

The Joker hits theaters October 4th of this year.