Written by Sam Brower
The Joker was released to theaters earlier this month on Oct 4th. The comic book based movie starring Joaquin Phoenix shows an origin story for the crown prince of crime of Gotham city, showing how he became the Joker. The movie takes most of its inspiration from the DC comic Batman The Killing Joke which also shows an origin story for the Joker, both the movie and the comic show the Joker (Arthur Fleck in the movie) dealing with loss of family and being a struggling comedian. They differ however in that it is suggested that Arthur in the movie is already mentally unstable, he has a condition in the movie where he has uncontrollable laughter and is outcasted from society because of it. In the comic version however while he does lose family members and is a struggling comedian he turns to crime to help pay bills for his family, during one crime he falls into a batch of unknown chemicals, the chemicals combined with the loss of his family and depression cause the Joker in the comics to become who he is. Although the movie tones down a bit of what happens in the comic it still shows the story of how the Joker became the Joker, or at least one of the stories of how he became who he is, as the movie deals with psychological perspectives leading some people to think that it is just another story the Joker is telling because as he says in the comic he prefers his origin to be multiple choice. This theory also leads people to think that Joaquin Phoenix’s portal of the Joker isn’t the real Joker but rather the inspiration for the real Joker later on possibly Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the character from the 2008 movie The Dark Knight which is considered by many to be one of the best portraits of the Joker.