The Accolade

‘Joker’ evokes sympathy from audience despite concerns over violence backlash

After officially rebranding his identity from Arthur Fleck to the Joker, actor Joaquin Phoenix celebrates as he makes his way to the Murray Franklin TV show recording. Image used with permission from Warner Bros.

Annie Bang

October 16, 2019

Expertly capturing the haunting psychology and disturbed mind of arguably the most infamous antagonist in Detective Comics history, the newest film to continue the Batman legacy, Joker, successfully conveys the villain’s wretched beginnings as a misunderstood man before adopting his iconic identity. With a ca...

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