Todd Phillips, the director of Joker, says that the film depicts violence responsibly, unlike some other movies which can be cartoon-like.
There has been a lot said about how Joker puts a very violent character front and centre as its lead but Todd Phillips, director of the film, has hit back on numerous occasions, saying the film is being unfairly targeted.
Now, in recent comments after the New York Film Festival Joker screening, per Yahoo!, the director has called violence in his movie “responsible”, saying that it takes away the cartoon element that some blockbusters use to depict it:
“Isn’t it a good thing to put real-world implications on violence? Isn’t that a good thing to take away the cartoon element of violence that we’ve become so immune to? So I was a little surprised when it turns into that direction, that it seems irresponsible because to me it seems actually very responsible to make it feel real and make it that weight.”
What do you think of these comments? Is it more responsible to show serious and realistic implications of on-screen violence? Compared to some other comic book movies and blockbusters where all the carnage is kind of down played? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @flickeringmyth…
Joker centres around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone story not seen before on the big screen. The exploration of Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix), a man disregarded by society, is not only a gritty character study but also a broader cautionary tale.
Joker is set for release on October 4th 2019 and stars Joaquin Phoenix (The Sisters Brothers), Robert De Niro (Goodfellas), Zazie Beetz (Deadpool 2), Bill Camp (Red Sparrow), Frances Conroy (American Horror Story), Brett Cullen (Narcos), Glenn Fleshler (Billions), Douglas Hodge (Penny Dreadful), Marc Maron (GLOW), Josh Pais (Motherless Brooklyn), Shea Whigham (Kong: Skull Island), Douglas Hodge (Robin Hood) and Dante Pereira-Olson (You Were Never Really Here).