Joker Deleted Scene Solved the Final Mystery:
The final moments of Joker left us in kind of in a limbo trying to make out whether the entire film actually happened or was it all in Arthur’s head. There is evidence that substantiates to the fact that Joker was all in his head, but we may have gotten new proof that tells us about the events that took place in the film. People were asking questions about whether Arthur also killed Zazie Beetz’s Sophia. Well, as it turns out, Sophie didn’t die in Joker. Arthur did not kill her, and all that happened in the film was a 100% real even though Arthur was delusional.
According to the reports of IndieWire, Joker cinematographer Lawrence Sher confirms that there was a scene in the movie which confirms that Arthur didn’t kill her. She said:
“Todd makes it clear she wasn’t killed. Arthur is killing people who’ve wronged him in a certain way, and Sophie never wronged him.”
Director Todd Phillips also confirmed this. He stated a deleted scene which would act as proof for this:
“He doesn’t kill her, definitively. As the filmmaker and the writer I am saying he doesn’t kill her. We like the idea that it’s almost like a litmus test for the audience to say, ‘how crazy is he?’ Most people that I’ve spoken to think he didn’t kill her because they understand the idea that he only kills people that did him wrong. She had nothing to do with it. Most people understood that, even as a villain, he was living by a certain code. Of course he didn’t kill this woman down the hall.”
There was another scene that didn’t make it into the final cut of the movie. Joaquin Phoenix revealed that this was one of his favorite scenes from the film and it would have shown Arthur developing his care free Joker behavior much earlier than he does in the final cut. This scene would have happened right after Arthur was fired from his job. He would have had a conversation with Randall. Phoenix said:
“There was a scene that, that during the shoot we thought was one of the best scenes and we loved his behavior in the scene, and I’d always really liked the scene. And Todd told me and said, ‘We’re cutting that scene out.’ And at first I thought, like, ‘Wait a minute, what do you mean you cut that scene out?’ And then of course I saw it, and it was very obvious. It has to go.”
Joaquin Phoenix also talked about other things that ended up on the floors of the editing room which we’d love to get a look at. He said:
“It’s funny, you talked about deleted scenes before and I was just thinking, while I don’t like deleted scenes, we did cut this fun thing together of all the times — I haven’t showed it to you yet — of him walking out on Murray Franklin because every time the guy would go, Murray would stand and go, ‘Please welcome Joker,” ‘and the curtains would open and he comes out and does something different every time. You know the thing in the movie, he spins, he kisses the woman. But we cut this thing together of ‘Please welcome Joker,’ and I don’t know, we did it 13 times maybe, and they’re all different and they’re so funny and there’s so many good ones. I was like, ‘Oh, I wonder why I didn’t use that one?’”
Don’t expect to get an actual versions of these scenes because director Todd Phillips absolutely hates deleted scenes. So, we won’t get an extended cut of the movie. Well, we don’t want an extended version of the film anyway! It is totally perfect the way it is. There are talks of a sequel, but let’s see whether WB makes it happen or not.
Directed by Todd Phillips, Joker stars Joaquin Phoenix (Arthur Fleck/Joker), Robert De Niro (Murray Franklin), Zazie Beetz (Sophie Dumond), Brett Cullen (Thomas Wayne), Frances Conroy (Penny Fleck), Marc Maron (Ted Marco), Douglas Hodge (Alfred Pennyworth), Josh Pais (Hoyt Vaughn), Bryan Tyree Henry, Bryan Callen, Shea Whigham, and Glen Fleshler.