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Unweaving Joker the Super Villain of All Times – Character, Plot & Criticism


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Everyone growing up has had their fair share of comic reading years, and comics bring a feeling of nostalgia, reminding us of our younger self. DC comics have marked their names big in the comic book industry and created characters that have affected our outlook on many things.

One of the famous characters is a character like no other when it comes to comic book villains. When we think of Batman, the next name that comes to our mind is Joker. Joker is a character that deeply disturbed and it is difficult to find a character who this as disturbed as Joker in the comic book world.

The creator of Joker, Jerry Robinson, himself must have been an interestingly twisted person with great ideas to come up with a character like Joker.

According to me, Joker is a representation of a theory that is based on existence that people wish they could embrace, in their own way. Many people might think that it’s a crazy thought, but today I am going to bring forth one of the most well thought, intricate, and complicated characters ever to have appeared in fiction.


IMDB Rating 8.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes 68/100
Common Sense Media 4/5
Directed By Todd Phillips
Produced By Todd Phillips, Bradley Cooper, Emma Tillinger Koskoff
Written By Todd Phillips, Scott Silver
Based On Characters by DC Comics
Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy
Distributed By Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date August 31, 2019 (Venice) & October 4, 2019 (United States)
Running Time 122 minutes
Budget $60-70 million
Box Office Collection $1.074 billion
Total Awards 89 Win & 217 Nominations


The Joker 2019 bagged overall 11 nominations in 92nd Academy Awards a.k.a. OSCAR Awards with best picture, best director and best actor for Joaquin Phoenix among 8 others by breaking the record of eight held by The Dark Knight for the most nominations received by a film based on a comic book.

Academy Awards 2020 Speech By Joaquin Phoenix That Create Sensation!

Speech by Joaquin Phoenix left everyone in awe at the Oscar nominations. He was so open about his feeling that many times the celebrities sitting in the audience could be seen tearing up. Joaquin Phoenix became emotional himself by the end of his speech when he mentioned a quite by his brother- Run to the rescue with love, and peace will follow.”

He talked about how careless he has been in his life and how everything changed all thanks to the people who believed in him and gave him a second chance. From an alcoholic and addict to now when Joaquin is sober he recalls his earlier days and talks about how he fought and came out of the bad times. Below is the speech that was given by Phoenix at Oscars.

Transcript of Speech by Joaquin Phoenix at the Oscar:

“God, I’m full of so much gratitude right now. And I do not feel elevated above any of my fellow nominees or anyone in this room because we share the same love, the love of film. And this form of expression has given me the most extraordinary life. I don’t know what I’d be without it. But I think the greatest gift that it’s given me, and many of us in this room, is the opportunity to use our voice for the voiceless.

I’ve been thinking a lot about some of the distressing issues that we are facing collectively. I think at times we feel, or we’re made to feel, that we champion different causes. But for me, I see commonality. I think, whether we’re talking about gender inequality or racism or queer rights or indigenous rights or animal rights, we’re talking about the fight against injustice. We’re talking about the fight against the belief that one nation, one people, one race, one gender or one species has the right to dominate, control and use and exploit another with impunity.

I think that we’ve become very disconnected from the natural world, and many of us, what we’re guilty of is an egocentric world view — the belief that we’re the center of the universe. We go into the natural world, and we plunder it for its resources. We feel entitled to artificially inseminate a cow, and when she gives birth, we steal her baby, even though her cries of anguish are unmistakable. Then we take her milk that’s intended for her calf, and we put it in our coffee and our cereal. And I think we fear the idea of personal change because we think that we have to sacrifice something, to give something up, but human beings, at our best, are so inventive and creative and ingenious. And I think that when we use love and compassion as our guiding principles, we can create, develop and implement systems of change that are beneficial to all sentient beings and to the environment.

Now, I have been, I have been a scoundrel in my life. I’ve been selfish. I’ve been cruel at times, hard to work with, and I’m grateful that so many of you in this room have given me a second chance. And I think that’s when we’re at our best, when we support each other, not when we cancel each other out for past mistakes, but when we help each other to grow, when we educate each other, when we guide each other toward redemption. That is the best of humanity.

When he was 17, my brother wrote this lyric. He said, ‘Run to the rescue with love, and peace will follow.’ “

History of Joker

For our readers to better understand we are going to break this discussion into categories: let’s first talk about the history of Joker.

First Part of Characterization:

There has been a little debate regarding the origin of Joker. Different comics and movies provide their own set of views that led to confusion among the readers. However, the back story of this character has not been defined. But there is one thing about which there is no debate, and that is Joker’s long-standing history of crime.

The history of Joker is as twisted as his character.

At the start of his journey, the character of Joker represented his as a homicidal maniac, which evolved quickly with time. Among the readers, it is often contested how Joker was disfigured. Sometimes he is a victim of self-mutilation, other times he was being dumped into a vat of chemicals; there is no definite answer on how he was disfigured. The same confusion can also be seen in the movie The Dark Knightwhere the story contradicts one reason from another.

Joker quickly takes a liking towards Batman, no matter the reason for his transformation. The never-ending battle between these two has been a great philosophical debacle of the Batman series. Even in the comic and movie, it shows that Joker would keep this battle running as long as they live. My view on the battle between the two is that joker believes Batman to be the only enemy worth facing. When Joker was introduced in the comic he was just a mere lunatic, just like we imagine any other villain to be, however, his character quickly evolved into a criminal mastermind.

Second Part of Characterization

His criminal genius mind brings us to the second part- Joker’s character. His character can be defined as pure evil. This is true, as no one can imagine him to be any less than being evil. Some people mistake him for being a psychopath.

A psychopath cannot feel emotions or do not have any sense of it, whereas Joker’s character feels emotions. Joker’s emotions may be anger, sick humor, and also occasional sadness when his plans fail, but his emotions are genuine. Even with the insane mind, he is a criminal genius.

For Joker, Arkham Asylum was just a testing ground, a place to chill as he claims, as he could leave the asylum at will.

An example of his brilliant mind is that he never relied on one way of getting is job done. He used multiple methods, like, guns, explosives, elaborate traps, anything on his mind, or something he cleverly hides on his person. He also has a shocking device that he wears on his hand, which sometimes is a part of his harmless prank, and other times it becomes a serious deal.

Another interesting part of Joker’s character, which is also the most terrifying part, is that Joker feels no fear.

Even thinking of his own death does not scare him. In the movie ‘The Dark Knight’ in one of the most hardcore moments where Batman threw him off the building, Joker simply laughed the whole way down. Nothing can scare this character, which makes his character far more terrifying.

The character of Joker is a catharsis about the dark side that we all have within us which we fail to acknowledge- a part that does not agree with the good things in society. It is a representation of an idea that people wish they could be a part of.

The character does not obey the rules of society, nor the standard way of thinking. But Joker’s character goes a little further than normal; he is a part of the dark side and evil way of thinking. Not only does he disobey the rules of society, but he plans to destroy the rules as society understands them.

According to him, chaos is the only truth in the world. Joker’s character is one of the wicked of the villains that have ever been created. One of the comics hinted that there are more than 2,000 killings to his name. His cruelty has no bounds.

On the flip side in the real world, he is also an example of what humanity is emerging to become.


There is a much-talked controversy about the film Joker that it will incite the real-life followers of James Homes- however, the controversy seems overestimated. Jokeras a lot of viewers might think too, may have an entirely dramatically and thankless unrewarding experience without the presence of Phoenix.

His sheer talent allowed the viewers to undergo proceeding, smile through the pain as the main character, just for the pleasure of watching this actor perform with unwavering commitment. All of the rest is just prodding and poking to bring a reaction, and to mistake such provocations for having something meaningful or profound to say.

The truth is always found somewhere in the middle, as usual, people leap to extremes. The joker may make some people act out in response, as they are those who feel marginalized and the movie makes them feel more powerful and more seen.

There have been some self-serving, ugly messages in this film, which created a sort of sympathy for Joker – Batman’s worst enemy.

Viewers might love it or hate it, but the film does play with your mind and create a fantasy of relief and persecution, of welcoming nihilism as a means to escape the terrible world.

Some people might find Joker funny in some cases, but the truth is that he is painfully awkward and twitchy, people run away from him as his behavior is pretentiously dangerous – or at the least uncomfortable for people. Viewers might find it easy to empathize with Joker, as he desires to be loved. However, with empathy for Joker people might not necessarily love Joker.


The tension between revulsion and sympathy that has been created as a plot of the movie is the most honest thing about Joker, Arthur is also seen beaten up by random kids while working as a sign-twirler.

The well-presented and injustices and dramatic ironies showcased throughout the film, until proved that Arthur is not paranoid, makes the world ready to get him. The film Joker, for much of its run, is indeed an ugly film, both emotionally and visually.

The Journey of Arthur starts with almost nothing, which also he loses incrementally, in a way that is designed to hurt empathetic viewers.

It’s actually hypnotic for viewers to see just how horrifying the existence of Arthur is, as it is to watch Phoenix’s performance as he spirals from broken hope towards increasingly confident and outsized acts of destruction.

Joker escapes all the destruction by learning not to care- not caring about whether or how people see him, or about he kills or hurts or frightens them, not caring about his final-act manifestation makes any rational sense.

The essential part of Arthur’s story- and the reason for much of the concern that goes around the movie Joker- involves him embracing and welcoming the most destructive and nihilistic impulses, which made him suddenly earn the attention and praises that he longed for.

This is not only intended to show that character’s motivation but is targeted as a message for the audience who feels closest to Arthur, people who feel most unloved and unseen: plenty of people agree with you that the world is unfair and ugly, and if you did something about it, they’d back your play.

Joker, the movie has come across an equal amount of condemnation and praises, some consider it a masterpiece of character study, whereas for others, such as the New York Times’s A.O. Scott proclaims, “It’s hard to say if the muddle ‘Joker’ makes of itself arises from confusion or cowardice, but the result is less a depiction of nihilism than a story about nothing.” 

As the case with most narrative art, Cinema, is, eventually, a way of soul searching. Reflecting and showing something to the audience that is difficult to put into words, and in achieving that with movies, it can make people better describe the indescribable pain and beauty of our hearts.


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