The film Joker has seen both tremendous praise and criticism since it’s record-breaking release in October.
Writer-director Todd Phillips says, “I love the complexity of Joker and felt his origin would be worth exploring on film, since nobody’s done that. Even in the canon, he has no formalized beginning. So Scott Silver and I wrote a version of a complex and complicated character and how he might evolve — and then devolve. That is what interested me — not a Joker story but the story of becoming Joker
Bradley Cooper, one of the producers, described the movie’s bold approach: “Take prob-ably the most famous villain and say, ‘Okay, what if we humanize this person? Let’s see what could be possible causes for who he becomes, and where can we, as a community and a society, find our own way to see how this could happen and how this could be remedied?’ ”
But the main speculation about this story was whether the movie would encourage violence. NEXT.