Todd Phillips has confirmed his upcoming Joker movie will be rated R. The director shared a new behind-the-scenes image of Joaquin Phoenix from the set, teasing that he is putting the finishing touches on the movie. Phillips and Phoenix are taking the character in a new direction and making something which stands apart from the previous times we've seen the Clown Prince of Crime on the big screen. We were recently treated to the first trailer and the movie looks pretty dark.
While many already assumed Todd Phillips' Joker would be rated R, the director has now confirmed it. After posting the behind-the-scenes image of Joaquin Phoenix, a fan asked what the movie will be rated. Phillips answered by saying, "It will be rated R. I've been asked this a lot. Just assumed people knew. Sorry." While it was assumed the project would come with an R-rating, it's nice to finally have some official confirmation on the matter.
Brian Tyree Henry, who appears in Joker, recently shed some more light on the mysterious movie. Henry says it, "really goes into just the origin story" and doesn't get into the Batman connection. Instead, the focus is place entirely on Joaquin Phoenix's villain. Henry had this to say about the movie and how it shows the origins of the villain.
"Villains are never born that way, they're made. There's something that happens in their lives that they give up their faith in humanity; they see the flaws of humanity and mankind and feel like they must correct it. And what happens with Joker is you start to see how he really was a happy person. He really was trying to find this hope in humanity until it broke him down and he just had to give up and reshape it."
DC fans are excited to see another take on the Joker. Jared Leto last played the villain on the big screen in 2016's Suicide Squad, but he was barely in the movie and played a different version of the character that many fans did not connect with. Taking on an iconic role like the Joker is no easy task and Joaquin Phoenix knew that before he signed on. But from his perspective, this is a completely different take on the character and the superhero genre as a whole.
The Joker movie is going to get into the connection between Arthur Fleck and his mother. The character wasn't born evil, he was slowly twisted and molded into the villain, which we will see on the big screen when the movie hits theaters this fall. While we wait for the movie to hit theaters, you can check out the latest behind-the-scenes image below, thanks to director Todd Phillips' Instagram account. His confirmation of the R-rating is in the comment section of the image.