Easter Eggs You Missed In Joker

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  • Published: 05 October 2019
  • There's a handful of subtle references to films, real-world events, and even the silent art of mime lurking in Joker's grim and gritty Gotham City. If you're still reeling from the violence and drama of Arthur Fleck's tragic journey, keep watching to learn about the little things you might've missed.

    If you know one piece of trivia about the Joker, it's probably that he was originally inspired not by the playing card from which he took his name, but by Gwynplaine, the main character of the 1928 silent film The Man Who Laughs.

    In the movie, Gwynplaine, played by German actor Conrad Veidt, is a child in the 17th century whose father is killed by rival noblemen. Before they put his father in the Iron Maiden, though, they disfigure his face into a permanent smile, leaving him unable to ever truly match his face to his emotions. Also, Gwynplaine's father was betrayed by, wait for it, his jester, whose "jests were cruel and his smiles were false." Sound like anyone you know?

    Fittingly enough, this cinematic inspiration made its way back to the movies in Joker. The parallels to Arthur Fleck's medical condition, which causes him to compulsively laugh whenever he's under stress, are obvious. It's more than just the subtext, though - one Easter egg is a visual nod to a specific shot from The Man Who Laughs that recurs several times in Joker.

    Throughout the film, Fleck forces a "smile" onto his face by hooking his fingers into his mouth and pulling upwards. This is exactly the same thing that the movie's doctor does to demonstrate Gwynplaine's condition.

    Perhaps more importantly is the fact that Fleck does this same thing to a young Bruce Wayne when he's trying to get access to Thomas Wayne - the lines immediately after that shot in The Man Who Laughs explain that they did it so that Gwynplaine would "laugh forever at his fool of a father." Given the dynamic in play between Fleck and the Waynes, there's actually way more to it than just the supremely creepy act of putting your hands in a child's mouth.

    Watch the video for more about Easter eggs you missed in Joker!

    The Man Who Laughs | 0:17
    The Joker's Modern Times | 1:48
    The Joker's Scorsese connection | 3:17
    The Maskmaker | 4:52
    Zex und zex | 6:04
    The Joker's hidden figure | 7:19
    The Joker's Bernie Goetz | 8:47
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  • Looper
    Looper   2 weeks back

    What other Easter eggs did you notice in Joker?

    • Ulfric Stormcloak
      Ulfric Stormcloak  2 days back

      0:50 THE FACE PAINT 😨

    • bon s
      bon s  2 days back

      The Joker gives a small boy a two sided coin to cheer him up and says never show anyone. Was this Harvey Dent AKA Two Face???????

    • tobiasdolby
      tobiasdolby  2 days back

      Three clocks on different scenes marking the same hour
      Everything’s on his head there’s no back story on the Joker

    • Steve Yochim
      Steve Yochim  3 days back

      you people at Looper are such Flecking posuers!!!!


      'THE JOKER' is a remake of 'THE USUAL SUSPECTS.' The social worker is Kujan.... Mr. J IS Verbal Kint.


      But since it's not on a canned script page, that went RIGHT OVER The Looper staff heads...... 🙄🙄🙄


      THREE eyerolls for that one.

    • Justin Barnhill
      Justin Barnhill  3 days back

      The song my name is Carnival and the life of the singer/songwriter Jackson Frank who suffered from mental illness per WIKIpedias

  • Tyler Hughes
    Tyler Hughes  2 hours back

    the mimes in the man who laughs look like the joker's make-up

    • Jed Maegraith
      Jed Maegraith  4 hours back

      "Im waiting for the punchline"
      "There is no punchline, it isn't a joke"

      • OrbitOnceAround
        OrbitOnceAround  8 hours back

        The movie was a bit chaotic for me. But what do you expect from the prince of chaos

        • Explore Greer
          Explore Greer  13 hours back

          Joker captured all emotions, greed, class, pain, redemption, mental illness, mental health, hell damn good movie. Saw it there times. Classic!!

          • Nick Weide
            Nick Weide  1 days back

            “If it sounds like a long shot. That’s Bc it is.”

            • Jack Ghareeb
              Jack Ghareeb  1 days back

              It was an amazing movie

              • Hannibal730
                Hannibal730  1 days back

                instead of Justice League. they should make more movies like this for each characther.

                • Zach Newton
                  Zach Newton  1 days back

                  Snaked skin coat???????? Nope look again

                  • Reegan Peake
                    Reegan Peake  2 days back

                    Sad thing is that most people don’t realise that this joker is very close to how joker should be. Mental illness plays a huge role in batman, to the point where batman himself isn’t a true hero & gets called out on his own issues frequently.

                    If you like the joker, you’ll like a lot of the other villains in batman, such as the mad hatter (schizophrenic pedophile), or scarecrow. They all have their own fucked up origins.

                    When people say they “love batman” they’re often talking about the entire concept, and not strictly bats himself + joker.

                    • Ulfric Stormcloak
                      Ulfric Stormcloak  2 days back

                      0:50 THE FACE PAINT!!!!! 😨

                      • bon s
                        bon s  2 days back

                        The Joker gives a small boy a two sided coin to cheer him up and says never show anyone. Was this Harvey Dent AKA Two Face???????

                        • Somnath Dash
                          Somnath Dash  2 days back

                          and people are saying joker’s condition is stolen from boman irani’s condition in munna bhai mbbs 😂😂😂

                          • TheGhettochamp
                            TheGhettochamp  2 days back

                            WHAT A STREEEEEEEETCH

                            • Dupouy
                              Dupouy  2 days back

                              The social worker's last name was Kane, as in batman co-creator bob kane

                              • carlos gonzalez
                                carlos gonzalez  2 days back

                                When he was dancing in the restroom, it looked like tai chi

                                • Jack M
                                  Jack M  2 days back

                                  It’s difficult to compare Phoenix joker vs Ledger joker but I have to say I liked heaths better. Quicker and wittier. More capable of chaos.

                                  • Phea7
                                    Phea7  2 days back

                                    I see you didn't notice that Chaplin is dressed as Zorro, which foreshadows the famous scene in which Bruce's parents die. They alway die after the Zorro movie, btw.

                                    • jordynzz worlddd
                                      jordynzz worlddd  2 days back

                                      yea yea all of dat is cool...but can u explain to me why he got in the fridge @ one point...

                                      • That Indonesian Dude
                                        That Indonesian Dude  2 days back

                                        Easter Eggs?

                                        Does she talk about everything in the movie?
                                        🙃

                                        • Frost
                                          Frost  3 days back

                                          Some of these were a huge reach but I appreciate some of the useful sutff like King of Comedy and Bernie

                                          • OGLOS18
                                            OGLOS18  3 days back

                                            Just remember everyone joker took his misfortune and used it as an excuse to hurt others and Batman took his misfortune to help others and try to stop what happened to him from happening to anyone else

                                            • It's Leina
                                              It's Leina  3 days back

                                              it doesn't reference the comics because its not made to be like the comics this film isn't apart of the dcu

                                              • Brandon Penwright
                                                Brandon Penwright  3 days back

                                                The dancing after him killing was the visual change from arthur to joker. As stated in the jimmy kimmel interview.

                                                • evvignes
                                                  evvignes  3 days back

                                                  Bernie Goets is a hero.

                                                  • El_Mo
                                                    El_Mo  4 days back

                                                    There were multiple references to American psycho

                                                  • Mr. GoodWoods
                                                    Mr. GoodWoods  4 days back

                                                    All the other amazing actors who got to play joker made me forget Jared Leto was even cast for the roll at all. Already expected, Joaquin Phoenix did an absolutely amazing job however it was very noticeably different compared to Heath Ledger’s joker I initially grew up with. The movie was fuckin awesome tho.

                                                    • WarLord
                                                      WarLord  4 days back

                                                      🤡🤡🤡😂😂😂🤡🤡🤡😂😂😂🤡🤡🤡

                                                      • Keith Stewart
                                                        Keith Stewart  4 days back

                                                        a colt .38 detective special has 6 rounds in it and joker fired it 8 times

                                                        • John Galt
                                                          John Galt  4 days back

                                                          dean kane was the origin, not some random reference.

                                                          • Punx is idol and noise

                                                            Sophie I’d like to think is cat women ‘s mother (Hallie berry)

                                                            • ecesmoon
                                                              ecesmoon  4 days back

                                                              I absolutely cannot get enough of this movie, I am going to see it a third time. I feel like I've gone insane

                                                              • Thomas Barton
                                                                Thomas Barton  4 days back

                                                                So after much thought of potential symbolism in the movie I noticed every time arthur got on the subway he entered a completely different setting than he was before. Its almost like subways, in this movie, are a metaphor for tranportation.

                                                                • Tomer Israeli
                                                                  Tomer Israeli  4 days back

                                                                  Here is a De Niro related easter egg: When the ambulance crashes into a police car, there is a taxi cab that flips over. Long shot, but could be something like "Hey, maybe I made an homage, but this is MY thing." Or it's an homage to the GTA side missions (ambulance, cop car and cab)

                                                                  • Rito Flores
                                                                    Rito Flores  4 days back

                                                                    Him dancing is reference to so u think you can dance

                                                                    • dany g
                                                                      dany g  21 hours back

                                                                      Rito Flores I’m sorry you’re not deserving the recognition you deserve with this joke :(

                                                                  • Springtrap179
                                                                    Springtrap179  5 days back

                                                                    After recently seeing this movie I saw a tiny Batman toy on one of the counters. It was brief but it was there.

                                                                    • NitroVisioN
                                                                      NitroVisioN  5 days back

                                                                      What's really funny about all of these "Things you might have missed/Easter eggs" videos, no one seems to be mentioned that they dropped 'The Dark Knight' music cues into the end of the film. Am I seriously the only person who caught that?

                                                                      • Braedon
                                                                        Braedon  5 days back

                                                                        I really love this movie, but I don’t know why people are saying this movie is worth a Best Picture award idk if it’s that good Ngl

                                                                        • Pasha Assadi
                                                                          Pasha Assadi  5 days back

                                                                          All of these Easter eggs were definitely a stretch. I know there were way more and better Easter eggs throughout the film that reference the Batman universe.

                                                                          • ReverendPopoff
                                                                            ReverendPopoff  5 days back

                                                                            He isn’t dancing in the bathroom, he’s doing Tai Chi to calm himself down.

                                                                            • Emily Grace
                                                                              Emily Grace  4 days back

                                                                              ReverendPopoff He is dancing, the director and him did an interview about it, it wasn’t going to be a dance at first but they decided to

                                                                          • The Book Of Yo Boi
                                                                            The Book Of Yo Boi  5 days back

                                                                            MASIVE NONCE

                                                                            • Jason Todd
                                                                              Jason Todd  5 days back

                                                                              SUPER RATS are a reference to the Ratcatcher

                                                                              • And J
                                                                                And J  6 days back

                                                                                What a waste of time watching this video.

                                                                                • Alicia Nyblade
                                                                                  Alicia Nyblade  6 days back

                                                                                  Thanks for mentioning Gwynplaine. He needs more love. His story, however, isn't like the Joker's, so anyone coming to it expecting that, you'll be disappointed. In spite of his trauma, Gwynplaine has a heart of gold, still sees the goodness in humanity and speaks up for the less fortunate, and even has a wonderfully sweet romance with a blind girl named Dea. I've written a play of "The Man Who Laughs", actually.

                                                                                  • Frankorious
                                                                                    Frankorious  6 days back

                                                                                    When he took the camera in the talk show it was a reference to gotham's joker

                                                                                    • Gr8 1
                                                                                      Gr8 1  6 days back

                                                                                      10:16 my uncle! Lol

                                                                                      • Risav Sahu
                                                                                        Risav Sahu  6 days back

                                                                                        I've seen quite a few Joker Easter Eggs videos but none of them mention the elevator scene with Sophie (the neighbor) where she puts her fingers to her head making a gun-shot motion... A direct reference to the ending of Taxi Driver

                                                                                        • Maxie Pattie
                                                                                          Maxie Pattie  6 days back

                                                                                          suicidal 4 life .... was the *punchline*