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David Fincher Shares His Honest Thoughts About DC's Joker

David Fincher Shares His Honest Thoughts About DC's Joker

One of the movies that made the most noise last year was DC's Joker. The movie was a remarkable success, especially as it was made with a $55 million budget. It's also one of the cheapest comic book movies ever produced. Joker made an outstanding $1 billion making it the highest-grossing R-rated movies in history. It had 11 Oscar nominations and took home two awards. But not everyone was taken with the movie. Joker had gotten lots of criticism, especially about its portrayal of mental illness. Renowned director David Fincher, who also believes this, recently talked about what he felt about the movie.

He said, " Nobody would have thought they had a shot at a massive hit with Joker had The Dark Knight not been as massive as it was. I don't think ­anyone would have looked at that material and thought, 'Yeah, let's take [Taxi Driver's] Travis Bickle and [The King of Comedy's] Rupert Pupkin and conflate them, then trap him in a betrayal of the mentally ill, and trot it out for a billion dollars. I'm sure that Warner Bros thought at a certain price, and with the right cast, and with De Niro coming along for the ride, it would be a possible double or triple. But I cannot imagine that movie would have been released had it been 1999."


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