Joaquin Phoenix Reveals His Own Theory of What the Joker Really Imagined

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By Judith Anne Dela Cruz | More Articles MCU Enthusiast and Neil Gaiman Fanatic
November 14, 2019  12:56 PM


It’s been a month since Todd Phillips’ Joker made its premiere. But ever since the film’s debut, many fans are still pondering over what scenes were actually real or made up by the Clown Prince of Crime. The director claims the film’s interpretation is left to the audience, but Joaquin Phoenix has a theory himself.

In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, Phoenix talked about the attention he has been getting because of the film, as well as the fans’ reactions and questions about his character. The topic regarding whether or not everything was Joker’s imagination in the movie is the main thing that piqued the fan’s curiosities, and the actor has been thinking about that as well. 

“It’s been super interesting how people react to the movie and what they see,” said Phoenix. In his point of view, he thinks “all of those answers are valid.” However, the actor wouldn’t want to pinpoint which scenes are real because he claims that there’s a lot of different ways to view his character and experience. To him, these are things you can’t come up with a particular meaning for.

If you recall, the last scene shows the Joker locked up in a mental institution, and has seemed to have killed his psychiatrist after running around the place with trails of blood. However, there’s no telling if this was really just a part of the character’s imagination. That being said, Phoenix does believe that Arthur Fleck is the Joker and he believes everything was real; but makes it a point that this is only his personal opinion.

Do you agree with Phoenix’s theory on the Joker? Tell us in the comments below!

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Judith Anne Dela Cruz is a huge Star Wars fan, but a bigger MCU geek. If it's anything about time travel, superheroes, zombies, Norse mythology, space and the universe, end of the world, aliens--all things wacky, campy, impossible, and whimsical, she'll be all over it. She likes to jam to Queen, but EXO has a special place in her heart. Everything she loves, she shares with her six adorable dogs.
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