During the press conference at the Venice Film Festival, Director Todd Phillips explains the biggest dissimilarity between the two Clown Princes of Crime. Fans are wondering if the Joker movie will live up to Health Ledger’s from The Dark Knight.
“I don’t think it was this Joker’s goal to watch the world burn. This Joker had an entirely different goal in mind,” Phillips said at the press conference. “In the beginning of the movie he’s sitting here doing this [forcing himself to smile and frown] in the very first scene, and it’s a guy searching for identity.”
“I think he becomes, mistakenly, a symbol, and really what he was looking for was adulation. He was never looking for the world to burn, this Joker,” Phillips added. “As for the past ones, that’s a different thing. But our guy, that wasn’t his goal.
Phillips continues, “He thought he was put here on this Earth to make people laugh and bring joy to the world, and he made a few bad decisions along the way, but no, his goal was not that… I think he became a mistaken leader, so to speak, or a symbol. Even [Robert] De Niro, [who plays] Murray [Franklin ], says it to him. And Arthur says, ‘No, I’m not political.’ He just didn’t get what he was creating.
Joker will premiere in theaters on October 4. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Frances Conroy, Zazie Beetz and Robert De Niro.
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