While there are a lot of people excited for the release of Joker next week, there is admittedly a certain chunk of the internet that is afraid of what kind of influence the movie will have on a specific group. A lot are afraid that the "incels" will be incited into violence with the release of this film, but director Todd Phillips is not having any of it.
Talking to The Wrap, Phillips comments on how outrage culture is unfairly attacking his film. Phillips said:
"I think it's because outrage is a commodity, I think it's something that has been a commodity for a while… What's outstanding to me in this discourse in this movie is how easily the far left can sound like the far right when it suits their agenda. It's really been eye-opening for me."
Despite the critical praise that Joker has been getting, a lot of people are afraid that this film glorifies violence, and are all going back to the events of the Aurora shooting back in 2012. Phillips, on the other hand, thinks that it's great that the movie is sparking all of this discussion. He continues, "Isn't it good to have these discussions about these movies, about violence?… Why is that a bad thing if the movie does lead to a discourse about it? We didn't make the movie to push buttons."
Personally, I'm on the side of the filmmakers in this issue. The movie isn't really making the Joker a hero, and it's certainly not telling the audience that the character is someone to idolize. I think it's kind of annoying that art now has to be filtered to a certain PC lens, and some people who are protesting against it are kind of getting lost in the semantics.
That's just my opinion anyway.
Catch Joker when it hits theaters Oct. 4.