Monday, May 20, 2024

Spoiler: Joker actor talks about Arthur Fleck’s father’s secret

The conversations about Joker are even in the soup, either because of the way he detonated alerts in the United States for fear of inspiring new shootings, for Joaquin Phoenix’s performance or for being a superhero movie that, with all the luxury of a restrictive classification, goes out of the mold of this type of cinema.

It is not necessary to be a fan from hell of DC Comics to enjoy it, it is enough to have the most elementary baggage to identify the Wayne family in it: Thomas, Martha and a little Bruce.

One of the central points of the plot is the uncertainty surrounding the identity of Arthur Fleck’s father (Phoenix), as his mother Penny tells him that he is the product of a relationship he had with Thomas Wayne 30 years ago.

After that revelation, Fleck goes to Wayne’s mansion and meets Alfred, who tells him that his mother’s claims are lies.

Subsequently, Fleck confronts Thomas in the bathroom during a charity event. The businessman tells him that Penny is not her biological mother and that she suffered from mental disorders that made her delirious.

Fleck goes to the hospital where Penny was hospitalized, asks for his file and sees that, in effect, he was adopted and that he suffered abuse from her boyfriend, who tied him to a heater and hit him on the head.

So far everything seems clear about the protagonist’s past, but after killing Penny, Fleck finds an old photo of her in which the words “I love your smile. TW”, suggesting that the story of his adoptive mother may well have been true all the time, that Wayne is his father and that he would have locked her in the hospital to avoid a media scandal.

Although it is also true that the photo with the legend could be another delirium of Fleck, as was the relationship that had been invented with his neighbor Sophie.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Brett Cullen , who gives life to Thomas, said that in his head it was Wayne who locked Penny, because he is a character portrayed as an unscrupulous millionaire, and that the idea that he really is the Fleck’s father is logical even for the director of the movie Todd Phillips, because that would justify the hatred that the Clown Prince of Crime has for Batman .

“In other films, he is always portrayed as a noble and successful man, and suddenly he is already dead. This film goes deeper into Thomas Wayne and puts the idea that if you are a successful businessman, then there are certain things you do to have that success and sometimes those things are not pretty, sometimes they are ruthless. I think there is an edge with him now, it’s based on reality.

I went with Todd (Phillips) and asked ‘Are we doing this as I am imagining?’ and he replied ‘What would be a compelling reason for the Joker to hate Batman so much?’ The idea that the Joker is an illegitimate son who did not get anything from the Wayne family is a very compelling motivation to hate this character. ”

So if you don’t find the idea that the Joker and the Crusader Crusader are half brothers, Cullen and Phillips are on your side.

Teodora Torrendo
Teodora Torrendo
Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.

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