People Think There's A Reference In Joker To Heath Ledger's Character In The Dark Knight
*JOKER SPOILERS LIE AHEAD. WELL, SORT OF*
For many beloved fans, no one could match Heath Ledger's Joker in The Dark Knight and that may still be the case. But people are now under the impression that Joker makes sure to pay respect to an iconic moment in the 2008 classic.
If you have seen the performance by Joaquin Phoenix, you'll remember that after his arrest (for things we're not going to mention) Arthur Fleck leans his head against the window of the police car peering through at the chaos unfolding in Gotham.
The short scene is a reversal, or so people believe, of The Dark Knight's scene where Heath Ledger's Joker escapes custody in a police car as he leans out of the window with his head tilted up at the sky.
for those who didn't catch the reference #Joker pic.twitter.com/W4YeCCw3wX
- Kevin J. (@__greys) October 6, 2019
Someone has suggested that the scene doesn't actually pay homage to the previous film but instead compares Arthur Fleck when he wasn't noticed by anyone to his character when he is the centre of attention in Gotham.
Wrong. The shot was a comparison of his sadness of no one noticing him in the beginning to his happiness of everyone paying attention to him at the end. pic.twitter.com/bdeJZrThAH
- Brown Recluse (@blkbuddha) October 6, 2019
Others think it's actually a reference to both The Dark Knight and the comparison drawn from Arthur Fleck's character throughout the film.
Taking to Twitter, one person said they didn't think it was a reference to anything because 'Joker in its own right is a masterpiece'.
Ooh! Very interesting perception. I automatically saw that as Ledger's Joker reference when I saw it in the theater. I need to ponder...
- cheshire chat (@cheshire_chat) October 11, 2019
Whatever the reference is (or isn't) fans loved Joaquin Phoenix in this film, prompting speculation that he might well be a contender to take the Best Actor award at the 2020 Oscars.
Joaquin Phoenix deserves an Oscar for his performance in Joker and you can't change my mind pic.twitter.com/KNoUGAHXV6
- hope :black_joker:⊗ (@hiddlehnsherr) October 8, 2019
This might not be the last we've seen of Joaquin in character, when he spoke to Popcorn with Peter Travers, he said: "I wouldn't have thought of this as my dream role. But now, honestly, I can't stop thinking about it.
"I talked to [director] Todd [Phillips] a lot about what else we might be able to do, in general, just working together, but also specifically, if there's something else we can do with Joker that might be interesting. So, it ended up being a dream role. It's nothing that I really wanted to do prior to working on this movie."
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