After it was confirmed today that the new film Joker will be the first R-Rated DC Movie, we also have several brand new leaks on the story that have come forth.
These new details alter several of the recently reported on plot points and throughout this, I’ll be breaking down everything that you need to know about the movie and it’s storyline.
This is full spoilers ahead and whilst we won’t know whether these details are correct until we see the movie for ourselves, there are potentially a lot of things here that could ruin the movie.
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Joker Plot Breakdown
Ok so the first thing that you need to know is that the movie is set in 1981 Gotham, which is when the city is at it’s lowest point due to a seemingly unending crime wave. In addition to this, there’s a garbage strike which means that the city is pretty dirty both literally and figuratively.
The film follows the rise of Arthur Fleck who is initially just a clown for a talent agency. Fleck has severe mental health issues that include laughing when he’s nervous and because of this, a social worker keeps a close eye on him.
Fleck wishes to become a stand up comic but due to his nerves, his sets are often ruined and thus he never really gets anywhere.
Joker Connection To The Waynes
Fleck is a caretaker for his mother who just so happens to be a former housekeeper of Wayne Mansion, which I’ll get into later. The household, headed up by Thomas Wayne is currently in the spotlight because Thomas is running for mayor. Those who’ve read Batman: Earth One will remember that in that Thomas was running for Mayor against The Penguin and that the character was killed for it so that the miniature crime boss could become elected and control the city.
Whilst there’s no mention of Penguin in the script, we have heard leaks that the villain will be appearing in the Matt Reeve’s Batman movie starring Robert Pattinson and whilst the two films are not meant to be connected, it would be amazing if Penguin was the mayor in that movie having being elected here first.
Anyway, Fleck’s mother is obsessed with the Mayoral Candidate and apparently, Wayne fired her from working at his property because of this.
The Origin Of The Joker
Fleck, desperate for money takes a new job but after he is mocked on the subway he cracks slightly and violently kills three Wall Street guys who are also harassing a young woman and these murders inspire a “Resist” movement against Gotham’s wealthy elite.
Basically, this film will centre around the poor uprising against the rich similar to The Dark Knight Rises and due to this, Thomas Wayne, who is viewed as the voice of the rich, becomes a target.
It’s at this point that Arthur tries his hand at stand up comedy once more but he completely bombs, so badly that footage of his performance is picked up by Murray Franklin, a TV Show Host, played by Robert De Niro who completely ridicules the character, making him a national joke.
Joker And Bruce Wayne Step Brothers?
Now in the recent plot leak, it was stated that:
Police are investigating Arthur for the murders committed earlier which is when he apparently stumbles across a pretty major revelation in his mothers to Thomas Wayne. She claims that they had an affair and that Arthur is the illegitimate son of Thomas, thus making Bruce Wayne and The Joker related.
However, the new details from the plot leak have stated that this is, in fact, a lie, orchestrated by Arthur’s crazy mother as a last-ditch attempt to get Thomas to pay attention to her. Arthur will throughout some of the movie believe that he is, in fact, Bruce’s brother, however, when he discovers the truth, he will go completely off the deep end. Repressed memories of Arthurs’ childhood re-emerge and he remembers that when he was a child he was abused by his Mother’s boyfriend who actually turns out to be his real father.
At this point Arthur goes to Arkham Asylum and kills his mother, he’s also invited on the Murray Franklin show as a guest. Joker appears on the show, shooting Franklin in the head and delivering a speech to rile up Gotham City. This is of course pretty similar to the scene from The Dark Knight Returns in which Joker kills a chat show host before going on a rampage and in the film he goes out and murders people who have wronged him throughout the movie.
How The Waynes Die In Joker
Now we had heard rumors that the movie ends with Thomas and Martha Wayne being gunned down, however, the new plot leaks suggest that it’s after the speech that it happens. This is because Joker sends the city into a riot due to his words and attackers purposely go to Wayne Mansion to kill the character’s in their beds.
Bruce, scared of what’s going on runs out of the mansion and off into the night which is when he falls into the cave, thus setting up what will happen in the future with the character. He is found by Alfred and a couple of days later he heads to their memorial which is when he encounters Joker.
Joker has been on the run for several days but with police looking over Wayne they notice him and begin to go after him.
The police chase Arthur through Gotham but they finally manage to catch him after he’s hit by a taxi and the film ends with the character in Arkham Asylum dancing around his cell maniacally to Elton John’s ‘Benny And The Jets.’
So, this all sounds pretty interesting. I’m kinda glad that the whole Joker/Bruce Wayne brother thing has been dropped as it was something that I feel like shouldn’t have been in the movie at all. I’m someone who pretty much thinks that The Joker’s origin should always remain a mystery, he’s pretty much just a force of nature, however, if we have to get an origin story then yeah this sounds pretty good.
It’s also very alien to Marvel as well which I think DC have been wrongly trying to copy for the last couple of years to no avail.
So I definitely am more hyped for seeing the movie after reading this and I think that it has the potential to be pretty big and if the rumors are true then we are no doubt in for a fantastic performance from Joaquin Phoenix.
Obviously, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the movie and if you believe these plot leaks or not. Comment below and let me know!