Joker Director Finally Explains That Last Crucial Scene

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  • Published on: 08 October 2019
  • Arthur Fleck's biggest joke just might be the one he pulled on you. Joker director Todd Phillips recently made a few very interesting comments to the Los Angeles Times about the final scene of the movie comments that imply a bizarre truth about the story being presented. In case that's not warning enough, be advised that major spoilers for Joker lie ahead.

    Joaquin Phoenix's Arthur is depicted early and often as having a tenuous grip on reality. The film eventually lets on that it's not always clear which events are fantasy and which are reality not to the audience, and presumably not to Arthur.

    At the end, Arthur is seen with his psychiatrist in Arkham State Hospital after he has apparently killed his mother, incited a riot, shot Murray Franklin on live television, and escaped from police custody with the help of his clown-masked followers. As the shrink attempts to question him, Arthur simply laughs, telling her that she wouldn't get the joke. According to Phillips, it's this particular laugh that might hold a clue about the true nature of the story that just unfolded. He explained,

    "That laugh in that scene is really the only time he laughs genuinely. There are different laughs in the movie. There is the laugh from Arthur's affliction and then there is his fake laugh when he's trying to be 'one of the people,' which is my favorite laugh. But at the end, when he's in the room at Arkham State Hospital, that's his only genuine laugh in the movie."

    Why is that, exactly? Well, perhaps because in the end, the joke is on us, the audience. Phillips has said that one of the main influences on his film was The Killing Joke, the acclaimed 1988 graphic novel in which the Joker says that if he must have a past, he, quote, "[prefers] it to be multiple choice." The director made a direct allusion to this dialogue in suggesting that as many fans have speculated Arthur Fleck might not necessarily be who we think he is. Phillips said,

    "There are lots of ways you could look at this movie. You could look at it and go, 'This is just one of his multiple-choice stories. None of it happened.' I don't want to say what it is. But a lot of people I've shown it to have said, 'Oh, I get it he's just made up a story. The whole movie is the joke. It's this thing this guy in Arkham Asylum concocted. He might not even be the Joker.'"

    Phillips went on to state outright that the man who will become Batman's nemesis may simply be in the background somewhere, watching all of these events play out. He said,

    "Maybe Joaquin's character inspired the Joker. You don't really know. His last line in the movie is, 'You wouldn't get it.' There's a lot going on in there that's interesting."

    Phoenix himself also explained that Joker can be seen not so much as a straightforward narrative, but as a series of suggestions. Keep watching the video to see that the Joker director finally explains that last crucial scene!

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COMMENTS: 40

  • Looper
    Looper   1 weeks ago

    How much of Joker do you think really happened in the movie? Which parts?

  • Ge In
    Ge In   57 minuts ago

    Uh, it's fiction. Tommorow he can be written as a turnip who loves hello kitty parades. You're all morons.

  • Elias Ortiz
    Elias Ortiz   1 hours ago

    Nope, made to much money. They made it ambiguous at the end for story telling first off, and safe keeping just in case it made more money than they thought since it's R Rated .so sequel is most likely inevitable. Plus it's a fucking amazing movie I've seen in years no joke. WB can't turn down all this $$ lol they are doubling that budget next movie😂

  • Elias Ortiz
    Elias Ortiz   1 hours ago

    After he killed murrAy! was a genuine laugh I thought

  • DH_Artist
    DH_Artist   2 hours ago

    what I found funny, this may be just my sick mind, is that before walking in the hallway, he starts singing some of the lyrics to “That’s Life”, particularly “some people get their kicks, stomping on a dream” and we see his bloody footprints. So clearly he was stomping on her, probably stomping her brains out. Kinda a play on it, but again that’s probably just my twisted mind. I’d just like to think maybe that’s what the joke he was thinking about was. I sure as hell found it funny after watching it the second time 😂

  • jonathan lopez
    jonathan lopez   3 hours ago

    Arthur fletcher is joker but not the joker that villan is the one that kills tomas wane and drops in a quimical bath after ala nicolson leto but not ledger.

  • Public Safety.
    Public Safety.   7 hours ago

    The joker was in handcuffs during the last scene? If it was just all his imagination why was he in cuffs? He have had to have done something bad in order to be cuffed up like that right?

  • Gaunter O' Dimm
    Gaunter O' Dimm   7 hours ago

    I'm not a big fan of Arthur not being the actual Joker, it kind of takes away from the movie.

  • Ryan Petersen
    Ryan Petersen   7 hours ago

    Before seeing the movie:"The Joker's not supposed to have a backstory"After seeing the movie:"What the fuck so was that his backstory or not? What a ripoff copout ending!"

  • Dustin Fox
    Dustin Fox   9 hours ago

    Pennys Bf created the most iconic villain in comic book history

  • Mostafa Abdelmawla
    Mostafa Abdelmawla   9 hours ago

    The clocks are always 11:11 everywhere in the movie, except on the show with Murry it's 10:37, I'm not sure what that means!

  • aUstin
    aUstin   10 hours ago

    He should of said “it’s just a prank bro” at the end of the talk show scene

  • L
    L   11 hours ago

    I think if this was all imaginary then it would ruin the story because. I loved the movie because you can truly see and understand and feel for Arthur and why he became the Joker. If he Arthur isn't really the joker or this story is fake then the audience has just lost that relatability to the Joker

  • Martin Macdonald
    Martin Macdonald   11 hours ago

    Joker would have been better if that last scene was cut. The ending should have been Joker dancing on the hood of the police car. That hospital scene detracted from the film.

  • Martin Macdonald
    Martin Macdonald   12 hours ago

    Whatever. I hope we don't get a slew of 'director's cuts' and 'my interpretation' from various contributors to this masterpiece. Many people create a film. Sometimes many cooks do make a good broth.

  • J2x
    J2x   14 hours ago

    So we would be getting another actor playing joker? When this man did an awesome job! Smh. That’ll be a L

  • C
    C   15 hours ago

    I’ve got a theory that the Joker is actually Bruce Wayne’s heart / soul. Everything that the Joker does is actually an expression of Bruce Wayne’s changing feelings towards his Father. Bruce’s desire to bring joy and laughter to his Father (his whole world at that point/as a kid). When Joker came to visit his home. That was Bruce’s attempt to bring joy and laughter into the family home. But his Father didn’t allow joy and laughter or joking in his home. A child is meant to bring their parents joy. Joke around with them together. But when joker (Bruce’s Heart) confronts Thomas in the bathroom, Thomas rejects ‘Bruce’s (up until then) hidden desire to connect with him on that level permanently. From that point on, Bruce became his Fathers enemy in his heart (‘you don’t want to Joke with me? I’ll make you joke with me!?!’) .. and he believed in his heart he wanted to kill his Father / parents. Tear down everything his father valued above himself. But that last scene was where Joker (taking the viewpoint that he is Bruce’s heart) has a sense of relief that the people who prevented him from laughing / joking were no longer able to do so.. dead. but he would never be able to joke freely again. As he is trapped in shame (the asylum) This is why Batman is ‘so serious’. He once wanted to bring joy and laughter to the world (his fathers world), but now that childhood dream is gone. An impossibility. The ironic laugh in the end in the white room was that he realized that he didn’t truly want to kill his father but kill himself. And failed to accomplish this. He instead only managed to kill his own innocent + pure dream of making his Father laugh. Connect with him on a deeper emotional / personal level. Not just be a symbol of his social status / an appendage.So the battle between Batman and Joker from here on in in the story universe is that Joker is Batman’s suicidal ideation. His desire to kill himself. End his own life that he must battle with daily.

  • Thomas Pålsson
    Thomas Pålsson   15 hours ago

    A story that's essantially entirely open for interpretation is not a story at all. It's just verbal fragments bereft of any real value. Hack writing.

  • Calvin Tai
    Calvin Tai   16 hours ago

    When he said those words on Murray's talk show, I got mad chills. It's so true.

  • Mr.VelociDeltaDerp
    Mr.VelociDeltaDerp   17 hours ago

    Damn, I really want this movie's Joker to be the actual Joker that faces off with Batman! I don't care how, I just wanna! This Joker has so much potential, from what I'm getting from the movie, so if he doesn't live up to it at the end, if the Joker that faces off with Batman is just some 'fanboy' of this Joker, then I'm done, man!

  • Cata Tonic
    Cata Tonic   17 hours ago

    This movie is defined by one simple point - Psychopathy is no joke.Art? Depth? Layers?... nah! Garbage?... yes!

  • Cata Tonic
    Cata Tonic   17 hours ago

    So basically this wasnt a story, it was art. Lmao i'd hang myself if i couldnt tell a decent story while having a college education. Its like having an art degree and making stick figure murals.

  • nycmanowar
    nycmanowar   17 hours ago

    If they did want to do it ..an older Joker and younger Batman could work..like Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker. Instead of, No Luke..I am your father..it could be, Brucie, I'm your brother. (He may or may not be..but..it's a good plot twist). Could be a reason why Joker doesn't really want to kill Batman..but then, Joker would have to know Batman is Bruce Wayne at some point

  • Darren Frey
    Darren Frey   17 hours ago

    Has anyone ever seen the fan film called Joker Rising that came out about 5 or 6 years ago? Being a fan film, obviously it isn't over the top on a budget or actors or anything like that, but for what it is, I loved it and while there is a glimpse of Batman, the story is entirely about how the Joker becomes the Joker. I love that they are focusing on him considering he is just as popular as Batman is.

  • Preston  Sturgis
    Preston Sturgis   18 hours ago

    Only Dceu would be stupid enough to not build off of they're only critical and box office success since the Dark Knight rises. Yeah Wonder woman was good but I think it's worth it to kill it off if it means we can get a new batman

  • DVD Video
    DVD Video   20 hours ago

    In my opinion joker is good and the world is evil

  • H.A.K
    H.A.K   20 hours ago

    The psychiatrist looked awfully calm when talking to Arthur. It must be all in his head. xD

  • Cesare
    Cesare   21 hours ago

    The truth is: we dont really care, we dont want to hear that it was just in his head or that it was real, the most important thing is the message " we are all clowns". Ahahahahahahahaha

  • M3nta
    M3nta   21 hours ago

    no.i want Joaquin to be the joker.omfg if it will be someone else im gonna crack.please oh please he was so good dont ruin it for me.

  • Phantom1999
    Phantom1999   21 hours ago

    I want this joker to uo against batman.. this is the most fucked up down to earth joker ever.. love Phoenix

  • Milan
    Milan   23 hours ago

    I think it was real because Wayne is murdered here and that thing happened in lets say all Batman movies. I'v just cant accept that its not real because a lot of things happened.

  • RXI 6375
    RXI 6375   23 hours ago

    Most of DC comic villains are more human. Marvels is just bullshit aliens from nowhere.

  • Duende Official
    Duende Official   23 hours ago

    If they make a sequel they should add Batman but in a similar way the played with Joker. Maybe he would be a figment of Joker's imagination, or another personality of the Joker or something like that. I really liked the psychological way they depicted Joker and not just a villain in a comic book. This is much deeper, more exciting and interesting because you feel it might just be real.

  • Gypsy Queen
    Gypsy Queen   23 hours ago

    Joker is real to me.....that's the beauty of the movie you see whats in your head

  • Anastasia styles
    Anastasia styles   23 hours ago

    I really dont wanna believe that he imagined everything...Its even more sad