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Gotham is an allegory for New York. Rats have always been a big problem in New York but there was a particularly bad time in the 70s and 80s where there were reports of "Super Rats" and rats attacking people (NYT). There were also a number of garbage strikes leaving the city covered in rubbish (NYT). The subway scene is also a direct reference to the ...


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Joker is a character study movie, it is loosely based on the super villain Joker from the DC universe, but it is not a typical super-hero movie. "Joker movie would still work even if DC Comics did not exist", as commented by Kevin Smith. As you stated, near the end of this movie, it is shown that the Waynes are shot and killed but it does not mean that ...


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To a 'rational' mind, none of Arthur's jokes are funny. To my recollection, he doesn't make one 'actually funny' statement in the entire movie. He doesn't laugh at things that other people say that are, & he responds 'incorrectly' to some that aren't. [This is aside from his well-acknowledged 'nervous laugh' when under emotional pressure, and not to be ...


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I doubt it's a mistake. There are close-up shots of the gun where you can clearly see that it's a 5 or 6 shot revolver. In fact, IMFDB identifies it specifically as a Smith & Wesson Model 36, which holds five shots. I think the most likely explanation is that Arthur is an unreliable narrator. Arthur suffers from various unspecified mental disorders, and ...


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To answer your question: possibly but doubtful. From what we've seen Arthur liked to imagine/hallucinate about good things happening to him like We can probably safely assume that all the key elements of his transformation into the Joker, like were real. There is nothing "good" about them for Arthur, it is not a fantasy that he would like to escape to. ...


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Why didn't the machine have that long beep that happens in other movies, when the person's heart stops beating? Most medical monitors have a "silence" and "pause alarms" feature. In this scene the "silence" setting would have been disabled but "pause alarms" setting enabled, which pretty much comes down to production design and producers wanting to have ...


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Without doubt the first meeting happens entirely in Arthur's head. There is no reference to this meeting when Arthur's clip from his standup routine is exploited on Murray's show. I consider this an explicit, in-universe answer with no ambiguity. You've already referenced the second meeting. Murray should have said something in the green room had they ...


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Few things here. Arthur's mother didn't beat Arthur her boyfriend at the time did. You could say "why didn't she stop him" that's a more complex question than you might realize. Mentally ill doesn't mean she's evil just might be a bit more likely to make poor decisions. It's thought that the head injury may have caused his laugh, but the mother does say he ...


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My interpretation of these dances is that he is expresses his emotions in the most direct and unfiltered way. These are the times where he is finally in touch with his inner self and the only way to express it is, well, with an expression-dance. You can see the same thing with people under the influence of certain drugs or at least music. Some might even do ...


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Arthur got in trouble for having the gun and was fired because of it. If his boss found out Randall was the one who got him the gun, Randall could also get in trouble too. So Randall lied that Arthur got it from someone else and that Arthur even tried to buy one from Randall. The point of this is to show the self-serving nature of the world around Arthur, ...


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It shows the lack of problem solving skills of the Government from the time Bruce was a small boy until he became Batman we see that the Trash problem continued and was never really solved, what I mean by this time many politicians came and went but never successfully solved the problem of the people which adds to the agony of people living in Gotham. Also ...


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start of the enumeration points from answer posted by papakias Arthur being in a romantic relationship with his neighbour His first appearance in the TV show where the presenter (R. DeNiro) hugs him There is also another scene in the movie, which is at least hinted to be an illusion of arthur. Arthur stoically empties his fridge at night, ...


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I think that the movie is designed in such a way to make you wonder so you will not get a definite answer for this. Surely 2 things were delusional: Arthur being in a romantic relationship with his neighbour His first appearance in the TV show where the presenter (R. DeNiro) hugs him The rest seem to be open to the viewer.


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Your question is a bit confused... but let's try to read between the lines and answer the single question as stated in the title. The 'shot to the head gesture' is one used earlier, initially by Sophie, when they meet in the lift (which was a 'real' event). Most of the purported interaction between Arthur and Sophie only happens in Arthur's head, except ...


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To answer your question of to what extent the movie Wayne is based off of any such comic Wayne, the director has stated that he has not used the comics for inspiration. In essence, the way Wayne Sr. is portrayed in the movie is not based on any comic reference. Although some sources indicate that Batman: The Killing Joke may have been an inspiration for the ...


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There is no way to know for sure. We cannot even know for sure whether the meeting with the shrink happens before or after the scene with Joker running around with bloody foot prints, let alone whose blood it is. The movie makes it unclear on purpose.


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He caught him off-guard. Alfred likely felt fairly safe behind the gate. He probably didn't expect Arthur to be able to reach through the bars and grab him, or he would've stood further back. You say that Arthur "spared him", but I don't think he could've actually done much more to hurt Alfred from that position. I think he let go not to spare him, but ...


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In the movie, the clown-masked gunman is an unknown person. In comic-book canon, it is Joe Chill… or not. It is depending on which comic version you read.


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In the linked clip, the van approaches from behind the unmasked Joker and stops several feet in front of him at 0:17. Within one second of the van stopping, the Joker has his mask on. He's still standing several feet behind and to the side of the van, a rather awkward spot for anyone in the van to be looking at. The Joker simply put his mask on fast enough ...


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But later, it is revealed that she was mentally ill and she abused Arthur, causing him a head injury that in turn caused his incontrollable laugh. It is not clear she was mentally ill at that point or even at all, an alternative view could be that Thomas Wayne used his power and influence to have Arthur's mother committed to a psychiatric hospital and ...


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No, he progressively loses his sanity Although Arthur does kill increasingly more people, his mental condition seems to improve as time goes on and his uncontrollable laughter even stops. Call me crazy (ha ha), but I would qualify a mass murderer as more insane than someone with emotional incontinence. As you mentioned, Arthur, at the beginning of the ...


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This answer was written based around the bus driver when leaving the heist, as opposed to the goons driving to the heist, but the same principle applies: there's no reason for them to invariably know or somehow stop what they're doing. Why would they know it's Joker? If they were all hired indirectly (since the bank goons don't know who hired them) and told ...


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According to the movie's Wikipage Todd Phillips co-wrote the screenplay with Scott Silver. Phillips conceived Joker in 2016 and wrote the script with Silver throughout 2017. The two were inspired by 1970s character studies and the films of Martin Scorsese, who was initially attached to the project as a producer. The graphic novel Batman: The Killing Joke ...


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According to IGN: This final scene isn’t the only sequence in the film where we see Arthur in such an institutionalized setting. Very early on in the film, as he speaks to his social worker, Arthur mentions how he thinks he’d been better off when he was hospitalized. The social worker asks him if he’s given any more thought about why he was hospitalized. ...


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Randall gave the gun to Arthur for money (which he intended to demand from him later). Even then Randall takes advantage of the good nature of Arthur by talking him into taking the gun. When things go awry, Randall quickly (and successfully) tries to push the blame on Arthur, which is when Arthur realizes the true colors of Randall. Then later, when the ...


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He dyes his hair green to reflect the classic Joker look.


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This was answered by the director and reported by a cinematographer in an interview with SlashFilm: In the end, you can question how much of it is actually real. For you, are there any visual cues in the movie that distinguish fantasy from reality? Well, even the things that are there I’ll never talk about. We wanted to make the interpretation of the real ...


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In a high end movie theatre, orchestra, opera, music, or concert hall, the ushers and security carry small flashlights. It is customary for the ushers to escort a patron to and from their seats if they have to enter or exit the darkened performance hall during the show. Although, the lights on stage or on the screen are significant. The aisles and stairs (...


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(...) no Batman movie/comic book/etc gives the real name of the Joker(...) Actually the 1989 Batman film tells a origin story of the Joker, whose name would be Jack Napier. From what I've heard this is not grounded on the comics. Alternatively, there is the Three Jokers Concept and the ideia of Joker precursors used in Fox's TV series Gotham. In both cases,...


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I doubt that the reason behind Murray's inviting Arthur was to help him or get famous. He clearly was mocking him. For example when he implied that Arthur laughed in his stand up comedy performance because he thought laughing so much would force the viewers to laugh too (suggesting that he was bad at jokes so he chose this as an alternate way to entertain ...


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