The twisted DC Comics origin story Joker has already made $1.05 billion at the box office, but Warner Bros. Pictures appears to be making one last big push. Director Todd Phillips announced that Joker is returning to IMAX screens for one week only, starting today, giving people a chance to see Joaquin Phoenix lose his damn mind on the biggest screen possible.
Here’s the announcement from Instagram:
Starting Friday 12/6 we are back on IMAX screens across the country. Last chance to see it on the BIG SCREEN in the best format… Also thanks to @americanfilminstitute for including Joker on the years 10 best. #Joker— we still here.
A post shared by Todd Phillips @toddphillips1 on Dec 5, 2019 at 8:08am PST
Joker is one of the biggest box office hits of 2019, the new highest grossing R-rated movie of all-time, and it’s one of the most profitable movies ever made. After eight weeks in release, the movie was still clinging to the #10 spot on the box office charts last weekend with another $1.95 million added to its haul.
Warner Bros. Pictures doesn’t appear to be trying to cross any specific box office milestone with this release since it has over $330 million in the US and $719.5 million internationally. But executives probably saw an opportunity to get one more week of IMAX shows and are hoping the prestige and draw of the massive format will get some more butts in the seats.
If you’re not keen on dropping cash on another movie ticket, don’t worry. The Clown Prince of Crime will be coming home on digital on December 17, just in time for some family-friendly Christmas viewing. Otherwise, if you’re still dedicated to physical media, you’ll have to wait until January 7, 2020 for the Blu-ray and DVD to release.
In the meantime, watch this featurette with the cast of Joker talking about Todd Phillips and his approach to the movie:
With large swathes of the population sitting at home, audiences have a chance to catch up on films that were released years ago and find new insights into their narrative. Recently, a fan who had been watching Suicide Squad with his family reached out to the film's director David Ayer to ask about the meaning behind the scene where the Joker is lying in the middle of a room lined with a circle of knives, guns, and baby clothes. Denying that the baby onesies were trophies after an infanticide spree on the part of the cackling psychopath, Ayer provided the following explanation for the scene instead.
'No it's more innocent. Harley wanted a normal family with Joker hence the baby in her vision. I figured she would have endlessly pestered Mr. J about having a kid. So he had Mr. Frost buy some onesies. The circle represents how he sees Harley.'
The scene under discussion comes up early in the story. Harley Quinn, played by Margot Robbie, is locked up in Arkham, and we see Joker, played by Jared Leto, in his mansion mourning her absence. He has also shown to have drawn a grin across his face using a sharpie, which according to David Ayer, is because...
'He was having a hard time smiling without Harley so gave himself some help with a sharpie.'
This introduction sets up the fact that this Joker is unlike any other live-action portrayal of the supervillain as a man who is missing his demon lover. The onesies we see lined up on the floor next to the Joker later make an appearance in the scene where the Enchantress offers Harley her heart's desire, and she imagines a life of domestic bliss with her beloved Mistah J, with their babies wearing the onesies.
How the circle of knives represents Harley in the mind of the Joker is up for debate. Perhaps he fears that his affection for Harley makes her dangerous to him, and thus views her as a circle of knives drawing closer, threatening to destroy him.
This sentiment of Joker being attracted towards Harley and simultaneously hating the fact that she has made him care for her is also played out in the scene where Harley willingly throws herself into a pit of acid on Joker's command. After trying to walk away from the whole thing, Joker almost unwillingly jumps in after her and rescues her, proving that she means more to him than he can bring himself to admit.
From his explanation, it is clear that Ayer had a solid backstory and reasoning behind the script for Suicide Squad, which unfortunately did not translate very well to the big screen. But now that James Gunn has taken over directorial duties on the sequel, there is a chance to see a Suicide Squad film that gets critical acclaim in addition to minting money at the box office. David Ayer on Twitter brings us this news.
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And the National Association of Theater Owners has asked Congress for a an aid package to help workers at the hard hit industry.
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