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What was the deal with the news stories about rats in "Joker"?

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 ...
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How does the Joker (2019) fit into the established Batman timeline?

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 ...
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Why did Arthur think this statement is a joke?

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 ...
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How does Arthur manage to fire eight bullets?

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, ...
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Was Joker just a big dream Arthur was having?

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 ...
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Is Arthur's first meeting with Murray an imagination?

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 ...
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Why didn't the machine beep when Joker killed this person?

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 "...
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Is Arthur's mother evil?

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 ...
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Why did Randall say that Arthur/Joker tried to buy a gun from him?

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 ...
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What was the deal with the news stories about rats in "Joker"?

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 ...
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Is Arthur's dance a medical condition?

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 ...
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What were the things Arthur was delusional about?

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) ...
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What were the things Arthur was delusional about?

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 ...
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How was an anorexic Joker able to manhandle a younger, fitter Alfred?

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 ...
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Did Arthur kill his imaginary girlfriend - the one that lived in his apartment?

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 ...
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Why is Mr. Wayne collected by a man with a flashlight?

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 ...
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Is the way Thomas Wayne is portrayed in the "Joker (2019)" based on any comic reference?

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. ...
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Does Joker kill this character in the end?

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 ...
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Who killed the Waynes in "Joker"?

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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Why didn't Arthur kill Gary?

He only kills people who "weren't nice" to him. He even says this directly to Gary as he unlocks the door [4:00 in this clip] You were the only one that was ever nice to me. ...
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Is Arthur's mother evil?

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 ...
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Does Arthur/Joker grow more sane as the movie goes on?

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 ...
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Did Arthur kill his imaginary girlfriend - the one that lived in his apartment?

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 ...
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Are Arthur and Bruce related?

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 ...
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How did Arthur reach this fate at the end of the movie?

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 ...
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Why did Randall say that Arthur/Joker tried to buy a gun from him?

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 ...
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Why did Murray invite Arthur to the talk show?

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 ...
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Does Arthur Fleck dye his hair red?

He dyes his hair green to reflect the classic Joker look.
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Exactly what kind of illness/disorder was Arthur suffering from?

It's stated somewhere in the movie, I don't remember where or by whom exactly, that Arthur suffers from Pseudobubar Effect, which Wiki defines as: Pseudobulbar affect (PBA), or emotional ...
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Why did Arthur not leave the train just like that girl?

Even by the start of the film, Arthur is not the type of person to just run away from trouble, and he is even less inclined to do so by this point. Recall this earlier conversation with Randall after ...
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