Todd Phillips Claims That 'Joker" Wasn't Made "To Push Buttons"

While early buzz from ‘Joker‘ was initially positive, there has also been pushback on the film that it could be glorifying violence. Director Todd Phillips is opening up to go on the record and claim this wasn’t the plan at all. Phillips previously shared that the film “tries to be grounded in reality as much as possible” and that the movie was even set in the past due to being “a character study.”

According to Phillips:

“We didn’t make the movie to push buttons. I literally described to Joaquin at one point in those three months as like, ‘Look at this as a way to sneak a real movie in the studio system under the guise of a comic book film.’ It wasn’t, ‘We want to glorify this behavior.’ It was literally like ‘Let’s make a real movie with a real budget, and we’ll call it f–ing Joker.’ That’s what it was. “

While the film might come off to some as being something that could glorify violence, there has been no indication from the production team that it was ever their goal to do that.

Do you feel that ‘Joker’ is going to glorify violence when it is released? Will there be any backlash from audiences once they’ve actually had a chance to see it? Share your guesses in the comments below!

Forever alone in a crowd, Arthur Fleck seeks connection. Yet, as he trods the sooted Gotham City streets and rides the graffitied mass transit rails of a hostile town teeming with division and dissatisfaction, Arthur wears two masks. One, he paints on for his day job as a clown. The other he can never remove; it’s the guise he projects in a futile attempt to feel he’s a part of the world around him and not the misunderstood man whom life is repeatedly beating down. Fatherless, Arthur has a fragile mother, arguably his best friend, who nicknamed him Happy, a moniker that’s fostered in Arthur a smile that hides the heartache beneath. But, when bullied by teens on the streets, taunted by suits on the subway, or simply teased by his fellow clowns at work, this social outlier only becomes even more out of sync with everyone around him.

‘Joker’ will be laughing into your local theater on October 4th, 2019!


Source: The Wrap