Biggest Unanswered Questions In Joker
- Published: 04 October 2019
- Joker, the much-anticipated new take on the DC Comics villain of the same name, weaves such a winding narrative that it leaves behind plenty of fascinating implications, and huge questions, after the credits roll. Spoilers ahead.
Let's get this one out of the way first. Arthur Fleck spends a lot of time lost in fantasy. We see this almost immediately in the film, when he's watching Murray Franklin and fantasizes about being an audience member who gets called down in front of the cameras. Later, this goes even further when we realize that Arthur has imagined an entire romantic relationship with his neighbor Sophie.
This tendency toward fantasy, coupled with things like the dreamlike way he walks out of the interview room in the final shot of the film, are enough to make us wonder how much of the story takes place in Arthur's head. We know for sure that some elements are imagined, but what else might be? Did he ever actually make it out of that cop car in the middle of the riot? Did he actually kill his therapist? Was he even, perhaps, in the asylum the whole time? It's hard to be certain, but the rest of these questions rely on at least some of these events being true.
Arthur Fleck's life is unraveling from pretty much the moment Joker begins, but things only get worse when he learns that his mother Penny believes that Thomas Wayne, her former employer, is Arthur's father. At first, Arthur has no reason to believe his mother is wrong, but when he confronts Wayne about it, the billionaire insists that Penny is just delusional. Later, Arthur recovers paperwork from Arkham State Hospital that apparently confirms that he was adopted, but is that the whole story? Even later in the film, he finds a photograph of his mother that Thomas Wayne apparently inscribed on the back with a comment about Penny's lovely smile... so how much of the Wayne story was really true? Keep watching the video to see the biggest unanswered questions in Joker!
Nothing is real | 0:15
Thomas Wayne and the truth | 1:10
The more things change | 1:50
Poor parenting | 2:37
Birth of a hero | 3:22
Arthur's targets | 4:10
Gotham City chaos | 5:01