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Note: contains spoilers for Joker.
It's official: Joker's a hit. Not only has Joaquin Phoenix's performance as the classic DC villain been revered by critics and audiences alike, but the movie has enjoyed record-breaking box office success.
In the midst of the hype, Joker's cinematographer Lawrence Sher has gone right ahead and confirmed one of the film's greatest mysteries.
See, the thriller ended with Phoenix's Arthur Fleck facing a dismal future in what appears to be Arkham Asylum.
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How did an unpredictable star known for loners and killers wind up in a studio blockbuster based on a comic book? Think of it more as a character study.At this moment, it wasn’t my questions about why, in an idiosyncratic film career, he had chosen to play the Joker, the cackling comic-book criminal, or how he had prepared for the demanding, transformative role, or what it all meant about the state of contemporary moviemaking that had set him off — though these topics would all provoke him in different ways, in time.
And before the curtains close, fans were left wondering whether the character had made up the entire runtime of events in his head.
One of the key catalysts for this theory being the realisation that Arthur's relationship with Zazie Beetz's Sophie is little more than a made-up romance built off the back of a single meeting in an elevator.
A scene in the film sees the Clown Prince of Crime leaving Sophie's apartment to return home, where he laughs in pain as police sirens can be heard outside.
It's this turn of events that has led many to debate whether or not he killed his fictitious lover or this was just another of his delusions.
In an interview with /Film, Sher put the debate to bed – turns out, it was the latter.
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"I'm so beyond disgusted."The movie stars Joaquin Phoenix as a particularly dark version of the DC villain, and has already found success, winning the Venice Film Festival Golden Lion and breaking records over the weekend by taking $93.5 million at the US box office.
"For instance, his relationship to Sophie is a fantasy to him. Some people have asked me, 'Was she killed?' [Director Todd Phillips] makes it clear she wasn't killed.
"Arthur is killing people who've wronged him in a certain way, and Sophie never wronged him. In terms of what we did visually to play with the real and not real, there are callbacks and scenes that mirror each other.
"We leave hints using imagery or way we covered scenes similarly between scene. Outside of that, I like that people can have the conversation and come to their own conclusions."
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So that settles it. As for the other dozens of unsettled theories surrounding the film, those are still very much open to interpretation.
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