Joker Director Finally Explains That Last Crucial Scene

  • Published on:  Tuesday, October 8, 2019
  • Arthur Fleck's biggest joke just might be the one he pulled on you. Joker director Todd Phillips recently made a few very interesting comments to the Los Angeles Times about the final scene of the movie comments that imply a bizarre truth about the story being presented. In case that's not warning enough, be advised that major spoilers for Joker lie ahead.

    Joaquin Phoenix's Arthur is depicted early and often as having a tenuous grip on reality. The film eventually lets on that it's not always clear which events are fantasy and which are reality not to the audience, and presumably not to Arthur.

    At the end, Arthur is seen with his psychiatrist in Arkham State Hospital after he has apparently killed his mother, incited a riot, shot Murray Franklin on live television, and escaped from police custody with the help of his clown-masked followers. As the shrink attempts to question him, Arthur simply laughs, telling her that she wouldn't get the joke. According to Phillips, it's this particular laugh that might hold a clue about the true nature of the story that just unfolded. He explained,

    "That laugh in that scene is really the only time he laughs genuinely. There are different laughs in the movie. There is the laugh from Arthur's affliction and then there is his fake laugh when he's trying to be 'one of the people,' which is my favorite laugh. But at the end, when he's in the room at Arkham State Hospital, that's his only genuine laugh in the movie."

    Why is that, exactly? Well, perhaps because in the end, the joke is on us, the audience. Phillips has said that one of the main influences on his film was The Killing Joke, the acclaimed 1988 graphic novel in which the Joker says that if he must have a past, he, quote, "[prefers] it to be multiple choice." The director made a direct allusion to this dialogue in suggesting that as many fans have speculated Arthur Fleck might not necessarily be who we think he is. Phillips said,

    "There are lots of ways you could look at this movie. You could look at it and go, 'This is just one of his multiple-choice stories. None of it happened.' I don't want to say what it is. But a lot of people I've shown it to have said, 'Oh, I get it he's just made up a story. The whole movie is the joke. It's this thing this guy in Arkham Asylum concocted. He might not even be the Joker.'"

    Phillips went on to state outright that the man who will become Batman's nemesis may simply be in the background somewhere, watching all of these events play out. He said,

    "Maybe Joaquin's character inspired the Joker. You don't really know. His last line in the movie is, 'You wouldn't get it.' There's a lot going on in there that's interesting."

    Phoenix himself also explained that Joker can be seen not so much as a straightforward narrative, but as a series of suggestions. Keep watching the video to see that the Joker director finally explains that last crucial scene!

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  • Looper


     7 days ago +1387

    How much of Joker do you think really happened in the movie? Which parts?

  • Light Screening

    Light Screening

     2 hours ago

    True, not true, multiple choice or not it's a great story that raises several social and political questions... Couldn't escape them when I reviewed it.

  • Omniscience


     3 hours ago

    I think the joke was that: Joker created Batman

  • Παναγιώτης Δημ. Τσιγκρής

    Παναγιώτης Δημ. Τσιγκρής

     3 hours ago +1

    A very good movie inspired you to have a good yogurt and fresh tomatoes to throw on the big screen!!!

  • Bicey


     5 hours ago +1

    If the whole movie is just a random crazy person in Arkham Asylum, I will be very, very disappointed. I wanted to see a movie about Joker.. not some random nutcase playing make believe in his head.

  • Ett Gammalt Bergtroll

    Ett Gammalt Bergtroll

     6 hours ago

    That would literally ruin the movie if true.

  • Degal 76

    Degal 76

     7 hours ago




     8 hours ago +1

    How can I dislike this video MORE than one time?

  • TheColossalBlanket


     9 hours ago

    God I hope it isn't a whole 'it was all in his head' thing. That should've started and ended with fight club.

  • Joesefsky 12354

    Joesefsky 12354

     9 hours ago

    Has anyone found the name of the background music in this video?

  • Deepfire67


     9 hours ago

    They can tell us what they actually meant for it to be, or we can all just agree to keep it as Arthur actually being The Joker and all of this actually happened

  • Daniel Pfeifer

    Daniel Pfeifer

     10 hours ago

    Notice that the train he was sitting in in the scene were he allegedly bothered this ladys kid and at the end were looking quite similar? Maybe this was the point where he started fantasising because he was bored and wasnt allowed to make the kid laught anymore sk he just thought abkut what makes himself laugh

  • Konrad Wawrzyniak

    Konrad Wawrzyniak

     10 hours ago

    I like to think a final joke is something like: "What you get if you cross an elite boy with a hateful, lost society that killed his parents in front of him?".

    I mean, at the final scene in Arkham Asylum there is a picture of young Bruce standing clueless behind his dead parents, while Joker's laughing background. That is an only picture showed, besides current time situation in hospital. It must means something and surely is connected with a joke.

    Theory that a whole plot was a joke is a joke itself. Must be. But of course there are arguments in favor of it. Matter of interpretation. Those who don't want to see a problem presented, maybe will take it. And I hope that will be only the Academy, cause otherwise I'm really concerned about Oscar's rewarding fairness this year.

    Media lost it's way.

  • Ceedot


     10 hours ago

    If they make a movie so groundbreaking then do nothing else with the story and then they're just as stupid as justice league haha, Phoenix was the perfect role

  • Omar Refaat

    Omar Refaat

     10 hours ago

    I don't think that he is THE JOKER at least it's not the movie name, it was clear as crystal '' Joker '' . I think he is a joker who fooled us with this big joke of being the real JOKER.

  • Gábor Lengyel

    Gábor Lengyel

     10 hours ago +1

    People have to just STOP considering this “nothing was real” bullshit. In the Killing Joke, Arthur the bad comedian turns into Joker, so it’s exactly what happened in the movie as well. The only things that were imagined were the Sophie interactions and him appearing on the Murray Franklin Show.

  • Jon Candy

    Jon Candy

     10 hours ago

    Lol i think at the end he just has nowhere to go so they find him and send him to Arkham. He's not the joker yet either way. The joker is a criminal geniud mastermind, and he wasn't quite there yet. I believe he needs a little Arkham to complete his transition. Maybe he'll meet a few friends there as well.

  • Carlos Fernandez

    Carlos Fernandez

     11 hours ago

    So cool

  • S.C


     11 hours ago

    Can't figure why time 11:11 appears on clocks at least 3 times: the first therapy session, asylum flasback and on the time card thing. Any theories? Phillips sort of said two times is a coincidence but we don't think so

  • David Solomie

    David Solomie

     12 hours ago

    It's simple. Joker realised that the chain of events that he kickstarted ended with Thomas Wayne's death. He finds it funny that he indirectly killed Thomas.