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Trivia: The font used for Live With Murray Franklin is identical to the Batman animated series titles. The name of the font is "Plaza," for those that might be curious.

Trivia: While the time period of the movie isn't explicitly stated, the movies showing at the cinema the Waynes are at (Zorro The Gay Blade, Wolfen, Excalibur, and Arthur) were all released in 1981, making that the likely year it's set. The Zorro reference is certainly a nod to established comic continuity, where the Waynes were watching The Mark Of Zorro.

Trivia: One of the articles that talk about the abuse Arthur received is signed Hayley Rosenbluth, who is a listed crew member of the movie and works in the industry as artist. (01:14:48)

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Trivia: Arthur has a copy of The Blue Boy by Thomas Gainsborough hanging on his wall. The same painting is appreciated by Joker in the 1989 Batman movie.

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Trivia: This is the first R-rated film to earn $1 billion at the box office.

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Trivia: Arkham Asylum is seen, albeit not named exactly that.


Trivia: Director Todd Phillips has specifically said that he doesn't see this movie connecting with any other DC movies - it stands alone.

Trivia: The idea of the Joker being a failed stand up comedian comes from famous Joker comic "The Killing Joke", which tells one possible origin story for the character.

Trivia: The doctor that helps Penny at Arkham was Benjamin Stoner - in the comics he was the enemy of Doctor Fate as Anti Fate.


Trivia: The final makeup of the Joker was inspired by the serial killer John Wayne Gacy, who went by the name Pogo the Clown. The club Arthur performs at is called Pogo's too.


Trivia: During the riot scene towards the end of the film, the Joker stands up on the car and in the background you can see a billboard for a movie called "Ace in the Hole." This is a line which Heath Ledger's Joker said in the 2008 film "The Dark Knight."

Trivia: Arthur and Sophie go to a diner on Jerome Avenue. The Gotham TV series featured twin brothers, Jerome and Jeremiah, the latter of which ended up becoming the Joker in the series.

Trivia: When Arthur goes to the Wayne residence, after spotting him the young Bruce Wayne leaves the gazebo by sliding down a pole to get to the ground, just as Adam West's Bruce Wayne did to change to Batman on the 60's TV series.

Trivia: The person contacting Arthur Fleck on the phone introduces herself as Shirley Wood. Shirley Wood was the name of a talent coordinator for Late Night with Johnny Carson, active in the year depicted in the movie.

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Trivia: Joaquin Phoenix won the Oscar for Best Actor for his role in this film. This marked the second time an actor won an Oscar for playing a character that was played previously by another actor that also won an Oscar for their role. The other time was Phoenix's costar in this film, Robert De Niro, winning Best Supporting Actor for playing the younger version of Vito Corleone in "The Godfather Part II," following Marlon Brando winning Best Actor for the first film.

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Trivia: Deborah Kane, the social worker that helps Arthur, is the same character that took a role in Batman The Ultimate Evil.


Trivia: The use of "Rock and Roll Part 2" by Gary Glitter within this film caused controversy shortly after the film's release due to the perceived possibility that Glitter, a convicted sex offender, might collect royalties from the song's use in the film. This concern was unfounded, though, since Glitter had long since sold the rights to the song's use; the US rights are currently held by the Universal Music Publishing Group.


Trivia: When Arthur practices his entrance at home to the show, the guest in that episode is the actor called Ethan Chase. Just like the made up actor name Zach Galifanakis gives himself in the Todd Philips directed film, Due Date.

Factual error: In the beginning of the movie, while dancing with the sign, the guitars in the window of the music store are D'Angelico guitar designs that weren't released until the 2010s. (00:01:35)

More mistakes in Joker

Social Worker: What's so funny?
Arthur Fleck: I was just thinking... just thinking of a joke.
Social Worker: Do you wanna tell it to me?
Arthur Fleck: You wouldn't get it.

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Question: Spoiler! The scene at the very end, with Arthur locked up talking to the doctor/social worker - is that meant to be later, after he's been captured again, or is it a flashback to when he was hospitalised before, as was referenced earlier in the movie?

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Answer: This is later, as the building appears to be Arkham. He's committed there instead of going to jail based on his insanity. It appears he is laughing about the death of Thomas Wayne, we see a flash of that scene again for a reason.


Chosen answer: I think it's meant to be deliberately ambiguous. I took at as him being locked up for his crimes, but others have commented that they think he was always locked up and the entire movie takes place in his head.

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