There are more than a few scenes from Joker that were left on the cutting room floor. One of the scenes, in particular, included a bathtub and was deemed too insane by director Todd Phillips to be included in an R-rated movie. What possibly could have gone down in this scene that was any crazier than anything that made it into the theatrical cut? Moreover, is there any chance we'll ever see this footage released. If we're to take Phillips at his word, that's not very likely.
First, let's start with the scene in question. Todd Phillips recently did an extended Q&A about his unconventional DC Comics adaptation with the SBIFF Cinema Society. At one point, the topic of deleted scenes came up and Phillips decided to elaborate, just a bit, on one of the scenes that was cut from the final edit. Tragically, it raises far more questions than it answers. Here's what Phillips had to say.
"There were two or three other [on-the-fly scenes] we shot, one that is amazing in a bathtub, but I don't think we could actually include it in an R-rated movie. And it's not because it was pornographic, it was just insane."
There are, to say the least, more than a few insane things in Joker as it exists. So the fact that a seemingly innocuous bathroom scene that isn't "pornographic" would have possibly been too over-the-top for an R-rated movie such as this is intriguing. Sadly, for now at least, Todd Phillips hasn't elaborated on the nature of the scene and what exactly occurs. So it's left up to imagination for now.
The question becomes, will we ever see this scene? or any of the other deleted scenes from the movie for that matter. Ultimately, that's up to Warner Bros. but Todd Phillips is very much against the idea. In a different, recent interview, Phillips explained that he's opposed to deleted scenes and doesn't like the idea of even including them on the Blu-ray/DVD release. Here's what he had to say.
"No, there's plenty of deleted scenes, yeah, but they're not going to be on the DVD. I don't do deleted scenes... Deleted scenes are deleted for a reason. I have a thing against extended cuts and I kind of hate deleted scenes. The movie that exists is exactly the movie we want it to be, I feel like all that adding deleted scenes do is confuse it."
Joker has grossed nearly $1 billion at the global box office and is poised to become the most profitable comic book movie in history. Joaquin Phoenix also seems destined to score an Oscar nomination for his performance as the titular character. With that, Warner Bros. would probably love to capitalize on an extended cut, or at the very least some tantalizing bonus features on the home media release. But, if they decide to respect Todd Phillips' vision, that probably won't happen. This news comes to us via Collider. You can check out the full Q&A below.