Joker has received a lot of praise and criticism, with some appreciating the filmmaking and how it handles certain subjects, while others feel that it doesn’t really have a lot to say and is pretty pretentious. No matter how you feel about the movie, there’s no doubt that it was dark and left some sort of impact on you, whether it was positive or negative. In fact, it was so dark that a Joker post-credits scene wouldn’t feel appropriate.
Well, it turns out that lead star Joaquin Phoenix did have an idea for a post-credits scene but director Todd Phillips didn’t agree to it. Why? As mentioned above, the movie was dark enough and adding something light, in the end, would have ruined the mood, believe it or not.
Speaking with GamesRadar, Phillips stated that Phoenix wanted to add a gag/blooper reel in the end just like older movies. This is still done with some comedies and bad movies, like the Netflix Death Note but Phillips said it would have ruined the tone, which is actually a decent point.
Here’s Phillips’ full statement:
"The idea of a post-credits scene in this movie would seem wrong, and a little too light for me. That wouldn't have been something we did. But Joaquin [Phoenix] said it would be funny to put bloopers alongside the names like they did in the old days."
Admittedly, Phillips is right. Sometimes, you just have to let a movie sink in and adding something silly like a gag/blooper reel would have ruined that. Even Marvel, the company synonymous with post-credits scenes, didn’t add one for Avengers: Endgame.
So yeah, no Joker post-credits scene. The movie is now showing in theaters.