In April, a second grand jury charged Goetz with four counts of attempted murder, and assault, and reckless endangerment of other passengers. The fun part is that like a lot of traditional Joker origin stories it's ambiguous enough to keep fans debating, and rewatching the film for deeper meanings and clues. The therapist asks what so funny, and Arthur says, "It's a joke... you wouldn't get it." To top it off, Phoenix smokes a cigarette as police rush towards the direction he is leaving. In his confession, Goetz said he was going to gouge out one of the teenagers’ eyes with his keys, but changed his mind. Justice League Director Zack Snyder Still Wants to Make The Dark Knight Returns Movie, Titans Cinematographer "Teases" New Robin in Season 3 Set Photos, The Suicide Squad Director James Gunn Confirms Peacemaker Takes Place in DCEU, New Fortnite Joker Trailer Hints at Return of Divisive Weapon, ComicBook Nation Episode 02x83: The Mandalorian Chapter 10 Spoilers & Assassins Creed: Valhalla Review -, Chris Conrad Cast As Vigilante In The Suicide Squad Spinoff Peacemaker, Suicide Squad Spinoff Peacemaker Casts Orange Is The New Black's Danielle Brooks. Some of the first shared footage displayed Phoenix in a subway with a mob of other masked assailants. Director Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix are back to work in the New York subways. “They have found themselves a hero,” said the Cable News Network co-host Dave Walker. “You have to think in a cold-blooded way in New York,” said Goetz in his statement. It wasn’t true that he did what he did because people were “looking for a hero,” he said in his confession. Looking at us, he is the everyman, his blank expression inviting the viewer to project their own fears and desires onto the incident. Nevertheless, when the case went to trial in 1987, Goetz was acquitted of all charges except for carrying an unlicensed firearm. “It comes down to this,” a Harlem resident told New York magazine’s Stanley Crouch: “Five assholes met on a train. His anger is justified; the murder, not so much. They all had prior convictions, but he hadn’t known that.

In court, defense attorney Barry Slotnick asserted that, despite his statement, Goetz had never said, “You seem to be doing alright, here’s another,” and had just thought that to himself in retrospect. The cover of Time magazine on April 8, 1985 was an illustration of Goetz walking up the subway steps onto the street. The final sequence of the movie sees Arthur institutionalized, wearing a whit jump suit and speaking to therapist. Narrator: In "Joker," Joaquin Phoenix portrays a new, complex version of the classic "Batman" villain: ... leaving a trail of bloody red footprints. “All the liberals have been mugged.”. Goetz filed for bankruptcy. All rights reserved. There is some neat symbolism and meaning here with the masks and his clown makeup during that chase. “Even some of Manhattan’s staunchest liberals wondered out loud whether the man wasn’t right to take the law into his own hands,” wrote the New York Times journalist, David Sanger, contacting political scientist James Q Wilson for comment. He shoots them all in cold blood. Fleck, who has already been pummelled on the streets by various gangs, finally snaps at the group of drunken Wall Street traders, who, having leered and swaggered through the carriage, punch him to the floor. The debate among moivegoers is whether or not this origin story of The Joker is actually real, or just one big joke that director Todd Phillips is playing on us. On December 22, at around 1:30pm, 37-year-old Bernhard Goetz stepped onto a Manhattan subway train to meet some friends for Christmas drinks. According to the hosts and producers of these shows, said the paper, the specific details of the case seemed unimportant – what mattered was that someone had chosen to fight back. - Paralleling his father's situation as he was framed too, Barry goes to confide in his father in jail.

Obvious Warning -This is a Spoiler Article! And, just like Goetz amassed a cult of disciples, when Joker's killings are broadcast on the news, masses of self-identifying revolutionaries take to the streets in clown masks, wreaking havoc in his name. On the trains there were “wolfpack”  robberies – groups of anything up to 30 people attacking people on board, with fists and knives. We encourage you to read our updated PRIVACY POLICY and COOKIE POLICY. The Guardian Angels, the volunteer group of protective patrols on the trains, found support from commuters, collecting thousands of dollars from them for Goetz’s legal defence costs. Follow her on Twitter @jessieannwade.

The parallels with Todd Phillips’s Joker are unmistakable: after one shooting, Fleck tells his audience the city is an uncompassionate one, its injustices unchecked. - October 4, 2019 06:33 pm EDT. As Arthur wakes up from his unconscious state, the infamous Wayne murders occur nearby, when a clown-faced killer assassinates Thomas and Martha Wayne in solidarity with Arthur's cause. The subway was spawning potential vigilantes. In response, he applied for a pistol permit, citing the many times he’d be carrying expensive equipment, and money, around the city. He dismantled his gun, discarding the parts in the woods, then motel hopped for a few days under pseudonyms before eventually turning himself in to the police. Throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, as a result of the city’s financial crisis there were fewer cops on New York’s streets, the wildly spiking crime rate exacerbated by a crack epidemic. The introduction to that cover story, Up In Arms Over Crime, synopsised the shooting, concluding with the line “Bernhard Goetz becomes legend.” A poll, reported the magazine, had 47 per cent of Americans approving of Goetz’s actions.

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It's a frightening piece of work and, maybe, a warning. This exploration of the life of Arthur Fleck, a man disregarded by society, is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.

Joker is now in theaters. Director Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix are back to work in the New York subways.

By using this site, you agree to our: Floyd Mayweather Reportedly "Deadly Serious" About Pacquiao Rematch, 6ix9ine Can't Tell The Difference Between Beyonce & Blac Chyna. And in a 1985 newspaper interview, Cabey said his friends had indeed intended to rob Goetz. Whatever happened to Diana Dors, Swindon’s Marilyn Monroe? Get the hottest music, news and videos delivered directly to your inbox.

These unsavoury saviours come in all shapes and forms. Copyright 2020 ComicBook.com. There’s something of Taxi Driver’s Travis Bickle [an inspiration for Joker] about it. The assassination sends the already tense and bubbling Gotham into a full-on frenzy.

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Half an hour into Todd Phillips’s Joker, Joaquin Phoenix’s Arthur Fleck, a downtrodden, unstable part-time clown in 1980s New York, fatally shoots three aggressors on a subway train. Denied, he went to Florida and bought a revolver anyway. As protesters in Lebanon, Iraq, Chile, Bolivia, Hong Kong and Spain railed against governments they felt had abandoned them, a few in the crowds … The lack of being allowed to leave the subway car led to some resorting to urinating on the train tracks through small spaces between the cars. The debate still rages today.

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