This past week, the internet has done little else but talk about the new Joker movie that has hit silver screens worldwide. Some think it’s the movie of the decade. Some think it’s so insensitive it should be banned. And some embraced the spirit of Joker’s character, grabbed a bag of popcorn, and enjoyed the ensuing chaos and fights over the movie.

Whatever your opinion about the movie, you can’t deny that it’s certainly captured everybody’s attention and created a discussion about villains, society, violence, and freedom of speech in filmdom. We’ve collected the most interesting facts about the Joker movie, so scroll down, feast your eyes, and upvote your favorites. Share these facts with your friends and leave a comment with your thoughts and feelings about the film.

Be sure to read our previous article about the new Joker movie here. And scroll down for Bored Panda’s interview with film critic Declan Mckinney about the new Joker movie.

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Joker's Actor Joaquin Phoenix Based His Laugh On Videos Of People Suffering From Pathological Laughter

Joker's Actor Joaquin Phoenix Based His Laugh On Videos Of People Suffering From Pathological Laughter

Phoenix also wanted to portray a character with which audiences could not identify with him.

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Monty Is Fiennes 1 month ago

Still empathised a lot though....

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Before Filming, The Director Phillips Told Joaquin Phoenix That He Envisioned Joker's Laughter As Something That's Almost Painful

Before Filming, The Director Phillips Told Joaquin Phoenix That He Envisioned Joker's Laughter As Something That's Almost Painful

Joaquin Phoenix would practice many different kinds of laughs and "audition" them for the director at his own request.

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KaPOW 1 month ago

You can see throughout the film he never looks like he is enjoying laughing and there is so much pain in his eyes. It really is an incredible piece of acting by Phoenix

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For The Role Of Joker, Actor Joaquin Phoenix Went On Grueling A Diet And Lost 52 Pounds (23.6 Kilograms)

For The Role Of Joker, Actor Joaquin Phoenix Went On Grueling A Diet And Lost 52 Pounds (23.6 Kilograms)

According to Vanity Fair, the actor worked with the same doctor who helped him lose weight for The Master, and after filming gained back 25 pounds (11.3 kilograms).

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wandile dludlu 1 month ago

And yet I've been trying to lose 3kgs for that past 2 months with no success

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Film critic, YouTuber, and podcaster Mckinney from the United Kingdom agreed to talk to Bored Panda about Joaquin Phoenix’s portrayal of perhaps the most infamous supervillain — Joker.

Bored Panda asked Mckinney to share his opinion about what it is exactly that makes Joker an impactful, memorable, and powerful movie.

“I think what makes Joker such a powerful film is the idea that this is someone who exists in our society,” the British film critic exclaimed. “Everyday we see people who need help and guidance and yet we just ignore them, and it is that ignorance that can cause them to spiral.”

#4

The Bathroom Dance Was Improvised On The Spot By Joaquin Phoenix

The Bathroom Dance Was Improvised On The Spot By Joaquin Phoenix

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Ms Phit 1 month ago

And was hauntingly beautiful...

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#5

Joaquin Phoenix And The Late Heath Ledger Were Good Friends

Joaquin Phoenix And The Late Heath Ledger Were Good Friends

Ledger won an Oscar for his portrayal of the Joker in The Dark Knight (2008).

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CrunChewy McSandybutt 1 month ago

This poor man has had a lot of loss in his life.

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#6

The Movie Is Based In 1981 Which Was Done Deliberately

The Movie Is Based In 1981 Which Was Done Deliberately

According to director Todd Phillips, this was done to keep the movie away from the current events in the DC Extended Universe.

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Lauren Caswell 1 month ago

Good, that would just be wrong. It's a stand alone film

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Furthermore, Mckinney shared his thoughts about why the film is seen by some as extremely controversial.

“I think Joker is being seen as controversial due to how mainstream it is. If this was a movie about just a random, original character, I don't think people would be talking about it,” Mckinney said.

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There Are At Least 3 Different Laughs The Joker Does: The 'Affliction' Laugh, The 'One Of The Guys Laugh, And The 'Authentic Joy' Laugh At The End

There Are At Least 3 Different Laughs The Joker Does: The 'Affliction' Laugh, The 'One Of The Guys Laugh, And The 'Authentic Joy' Laugh At The End

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Pretty Pangolin 1 month ago

You know the expression, someone smiles with their eyes if it's genuine? He nailed it in the 3rd one, where the first two are more artificial - trying to fit in.

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#8

Joker Cracked Imdb's 'Top 10 Highest-Rated Movies Of All Time' List

Joker Cracked Imdb's 'Top 10 Highest-Rated Movies Of All Time' List

2019's 'Joker' is currently sitting in the No. 10 slot behind other classic titles such as 'The Shawshank Redemption,' 'Pulp Fiction,' and the first two 'The Godfather' movies.

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Troux 1 month ago

This happens to many, many new movies. Once the hype dies down, it will go to its rightful place.

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#9

When Preparing For The Role, Phoenix Studied The Movements Of Iconic Silent Film Stars Like Buster Keaton And Ray Bolger

When Preparing For The Role, Phoenix Studied The Movements Of Iconic Silent Film Stars Like Buster Keaton And Ray Bolger

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darubyprincess 1 month ago

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Huh.

He continued: “Especially when we have had the Aurora cinema shooting in the US for The Dark Knight Rises, I think people feared a repeat of that scenario.” The film critic had in mind the 2012 shooting that left 12 people dead and another 70 injured, 58 of them from gunfire.

“To the critics of Joker, I'd have to say I agree mostly. While I think the film does lack in its script and sometimes has odd music choices, I think the film is extremely well made and wonderfully acted,” Mckinney exclaimed.

“I'd give Joker an 8.5/10,” he added. What about you, dear Readers? What score would you give Joker? What do you think about the controversies surrounding the movie? Let us know!

#10

Joker Stairs Is Now A Thing On Google Maps And Fans Put It Into The 'Religious Destination' Category

Joker Stairs Is Now A Thing On Google Maps And Fans Put It Into The 'Religious Destination' Category

You can see the stairs by going here.

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mcsa student 1 month ago

Ok, whatever religion this is, IM IN.

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#11

Many Past Actors Went To Dark Places Irl To Play The Role Of The Joker, But Phoenix Says He Didn't Have That Experience

Many Past Actors Went To Dark Places Irl To Play The Role Of The Joker, But Phoenix Says He Didn't Have That Experience

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TheExtremeSmell 1 month ago

My parents said they saw on the new (fox) that this movie was promoting violence and was a part of the mass shooting problem. My dad loves John wick.

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#12

The Silent Film 'The Man Who Laughs' Was Also Another Major Influence On The New Joker Movie

The Silent Film 'The Man Who Laughs' Was Also Another Major Influence On The New Joker Movie

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Devin Robinson 1 month ago

Such a strange, weird, and horrific movie. Lookup the Wikipedia page for it.

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#13

The Movie Got An 8-Minute-Long Standing Ovation At Its Premiere At The Venice Film Festival

The Movie Got An 8-Minute-Long Standing Ovation At Its Premiere At The Venice Film Festival

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Daria B 1 month ago

Standing ovation?! Seriously!? The film won an actual freaking Golden Lion! It's a prestigious award.

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#14

Todd Phillips Became Increasingly Annoyed By The Paparazzi Taking Grainy Photos From Whatever Long-Distance Angle They Could

Todd Phillips Became Increasingly Annoyed By The Paparazzi Taking Grainy Photos From Whatever Long-Distance Angle They Could

He decided to put out several high-quality photos himself

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Link 1 month ago

And the picture shown right here became, in my opinion, a great meme.

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#15

The Film's Storyline, Following A Failed Stand-Up Comedian, Came From The Famous 'Batman: The Killing Joke' Graphic Novel

The Film's Storyline, Following A Failed Stand-Up Comedian, Came From The Famous 'Batman: The Killing Joke' Graphic Novel

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Daria B 1 month ago

This one is a really good book. If you haven't read it already, I warmly suggest it. A little warning comes, though, since it may contain disturbing scenes, but that's to be expected.

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#16

The Way Joaquin Phoenix Runs In The Movie Was Also A Very Specific Way Of Character Building, It Was Even Called "Arthur's Run"

The Way Joaquin Phoenix Runs In The Movie Was Also A Very Specific Way Of Character Building, It Was Even Called "Arthur's Run"

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Pretty Pangolin 1 month ago

I haven't seen the movie yet, but...he looks joyous when he's running. Joaquin Phoenix spoke about the 'fluidity' that came with his extreme weight loss. He runs like a cartoon character.

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#17

Arthur's Clown Makeup Was Purposefully Made To Look "Antique" — His Lips Were Made A Reddish-Brown To Resemble Blood

Arthur's Clown Makeup Was Purposefully Made To Look "Antique" — His Lips Were Made A Reddish-Brown To Resemble Blood

According to the head of makeup, Nicki Ledermann, "even his slanted smile is a metaphor that everything is not perfect. Maybe it’s funny — maybe it’s not."

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Brenda 1 month ago

I heard the tear was not scripted.

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The Script Often Changed Right Before Shooting And The Actors Would Have To Adapt And Even Improvise Their Characters' Dialogue

The Script Often Changed Right Before Shooting And The Actors Would Have To Adapt And Even Improvise Their Characters' Dialogue

According to the film director, Todd Phillips, Zazie Beets' character Sophie got the most "messed" with between writing and actually shooting.

He complimented Beets, saying she was amazing and "so down for that kind of improvisation, it never phased her, she was enthusiastic about the changes, she helped with dialogue for her character, it was a beautiful collaboration."

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Arthur Fleck's, Aka Joker's, Role Was Made With Joaquin Phoenix In Mind

Arthur Fleck's, Aka Joker's, Role Was Made With Joaquin Phoenix In Mind

Phoenix Joaquin received the movie script in late 2017. Even his mother had a say in his decision of signing on with the massive project.

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Nikki D 1 month ago

I do love Joaquin Phoenix

#20

In Real Life, Arkham State Hospital Is The Brooklyn Army Terminal Annex Building

In Real Life, Arkham State Hospital Is The Brooklyn Army Terminal Annex Building

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CrunChewy McSandybutt 1 month ago

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The one thing that pulled me out of the story was how huge the building was. No state asylum has ever been that big.

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Joaquin Phoenix Said That He Didn't Refer To Any Past Iterations Of Joker's Character When Developing His Role

Joaquin Phoenix Said That He Didn't Refer To Any Past Iterations Of Joker's Character When Developing His Role

He explained his decision at the Venice Film Festival press conference: "It was just something that felt like our creation, and that's what was really important for me."

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Pretty Pangolin 1 month ago

I have no problem with it - there's room for two (or more) Jokers just like there is room for more than one Hamlet.

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#22

Robert De Niro Is Phoenix's Favorite American Actor, However, The Two Hardly Talked On Set

Robert De Niro Is Phoenix's Favorite American Actor, However, The Two Hardly Talked On Set

This was partly because both actors have very similar acting methods.

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TheExtremeSmell 1 month ago

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Maron Mark

#23

The Joker Staircase Is Located In The Bronx At W 167th St, Between Anderson And Shakespeare Ave

The Joker Staircase Is Located In The Bronx At W 167th St, Between Anderson And Shakespeare Ave

You can check out the staircase right here.

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Pretty Pangolin 1 month ago

Wouldn't want to fall down that. It's insanely steep.

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#24

Director Phillips Actually Asked Composer Hildur Guðnadóttir To Start Writing Music Off The Script, Which Is Not Normally Done In Movies

Director Phillips Actually Asked Composer Hildur Guðnadóttir To Start Writing Music Off The Script, Which Is Not Normally Done In Movies

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Tara 1 month ago

She’s beautiful.

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#25

In Fact, There Was A Little Awkward Tension Between The De Niro And Phoenix

In Fact, There Was A Little Awkward Tension Between The De Niro And Phoenix

This was because De Niro insisted the whole cast do a read-through before filming his scenes, while Phoenix did not want to do any read-throughs at all. Fortunately, despite their opposite positions, they finally came to a friendly agreement and worked it all out.

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Mina Molnar 1 month ago

Why Deniro? It's De Niro. How can someone not know how to write the name of one of the best actors of our generation?

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#26

The Shot Of Arthur Fleck Being Beaten Down Was Intended, Planned And Made To Looked Like From A Graphic Novel

The Shot Of Arthur Fleck Being Beaten Down Was Intended, Planned And Made To Looked Like From A Graphic Novel

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Daria B 1 month ago

Personally, I thought the whole film had a comicbook feel to it. Visually, storywise and performances as well. Not all comics are done for easy entertainment, and I liked what this film offered. It's a true "cinecomic" indeed.

#27

The Hudson County Superior Court In Jersey City Became The Wayne Hall For The Movie

The Hudson County Superior Court In Jersey City Became The Wayne Hall For The Movie

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The Joker Title Was Firstly Shot On Film And Then It Was 'Filmed Out And Put Back On The Digital Again', As The Movie's Director Says. It Was Done To Achieve Grainy And Oldschool Look

The Joker Title Was Firstly Shot On Film And Then It Was 'Filmed Out And Put Back On The Digital Again', As The Movie's Director Says. It Was Done To Achieve Grainy And Oldschool Look

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Spiritastray 1 month ago

I dont even know what this means.

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#29

Pornhub Reveals That There Have Been 741,000 Searches For 'Joker' Since The Movie’s Release At The Start Of October 2019

Pornhub Reveals That There Have Been 741,000 Searches For 'Joker' Since The Movie’s Release At The Start Of October 2019

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A B C 1 month ago

To each their own, but... Joker porn? That's really weird!

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#30

After Watching The Behind-The-Scenes Footage, You Can Tell That Some Scenes Were Deleted From The Movie

After Watching The Behind-The-Scenes Footage, You Can Tell That Some Scenes Were Deleted From The Movie

You can see the full video with the deleted scenes right here.

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Slinkman 1 month ago

Scenes deleted from a movie? You don't say..

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#31

A Lot Of Late '70s And Early '80s "Character Study" Films Served As Major Influences On The Film And You Can See Many Visual Similarities

A Lot Of Late '70s And Early '80s "Character Study" Films Served As Major Influences On The Film And You Can See Many Visual Similarities

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Saulo Frota 1 month ago

As we left the cinema talking the the movie, I told my wife that our children would one day talk about Joker the same way we talk today about Taxi Driver. Joker is a future classic.