Joker Gets a Hard R-Rating
WB’s most anticipated movie of the year is surely the Todd Phillips directed Joker. Last year, Joaquin Phoenix created a lot of buzz being cast as Joker. People really liked the fact that Phoenix will be playing Joker in his origin story. It will premiere at the Venice Film Festival on August 31, 2019, and that’s when we’d be getting our first reactions upon how people actually find the film.
Joker seems to be the film that’d be quite big at the coming award seasons and probably even at the Academy. The superhero genre has taken over Hollywood and the Academy has also begun to realize the greatness of these films starting from this year. So, we could expect the Oscars to really acknowledge Joker. Studios usually prefer keeping these Superhero projects with a PG 13 as that allows more people to watch these films, and ultimately the studios make more money. But, the likes of Deadpool and Logan have clearly shown that mature audiences do care about these projects as well. And, Joker was also going for that rating.
Well, it has got what it wanted because the MPAA rating for Clown Prince of Crime’s first theatrical solo outing a heavy R. The official website of Joker states that the film is rated R for “Strong Bloody Violence, Disturbing Behavior, Language and Brief Sexual Images.” So far, WB has only given us a single trailer for the movie and there should be a second one coming real soon. The film is less than 2 months away so the final phase of marketing is about to start.
Since the rating is already done, we could get a Red Band trailer for the movie now. It could show some more of the hard gruesome brutality that the film is looking to portray. Since this film is set in a gritty world, we could expect that Gotham and its people will be solely responsible for turning Arthur (Joker) into the villain that he is. In the comics, he falls into a chemical container at the Ace Chemicals factory and that enhances his psyche turning him into an agent of chaos. But, this film will change that.
Potential Spoilers for the film follow. Proceed at your own will.
There will be yet another change in the story that may turn out to be controversial later on. WeGotThisCovered stated earlier this year that this version of Joker whose name supposedly is Arthur Fleck is actually the illegitimate son of Thomas Wayne, Happy Wayne. Apparently, in this story, Thomas had an affair before he met Martha, and that led to Happy Wayne aka Arthur Fleck being born. So what we can take from this is that Bruce is Joker’s half-brother, but his Mother’s name is not Martha.
This is a cool spin on these two greatest arch enemies, but given the world that we live in, the fans may not be able to accept this. There are reports which suggest that Joker could actually get a sequel. So, we could perhaps get a potential face-off between Arthur & Bruce which will pay off the fact that these two characters are actually related.
Joaquin Phoenix talked about why he accepted this particular role after dodging the question for months. He said:
“I take a lot of time and consideration when making decisions and what I’m gonna work on, always. So, in some ways, the process, which is obviously reading a script and meeting a filmmaker and then continuing to have meetings and discussions with Todd [Phillips. I think he’s very impressive and he seems to have a very interesting understanding of this world and what he’s trying to say. And so there is something very appealing about that and working with him on this particular project. It feels unique, it is its own world in some ways, and maybe, mostly, it scares the f-cking sh-t out of me or something. It might as well be the thing that scares you the most.”
Directed by Todd Phillips, Joker stars Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Douglas Hodge, Marc Maron, Josh Pais, and Shea Whigham. The film arrives in theaters Oct. 4.
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