A new footage from Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker has surfaced online showing the actor enjoying a smoke after supposedly causing some sort of mayhem, that has police rushing into the station, as Arthur is seen coming out of it. And boy, he looks dementedly satisfied about it!
This released scene seems to fit with earlier released photos, which featured Joker with a few clown-like dressed characters invading a subway and a train. There are even pictures of Phoenix wearing a hoodie jacket, look really shady, without any makeup, looking like he’s leaving the subway through a side door.
Paparazzi notes the scene, stating that Phoenix’s clown is seen going into the station to meet a mob of people wearing clown masks. They held signs like, “Kill the rich”, “Clown4Mayor” and “Blame Wayne”.
However, we only have speculations, but photos of Phoenix in the chaos are the first pointing at Joker’s anarchistic behaviour, featuring the city’s hard working class rising against the higher class. This hints the possibility of a socio-political angle to the film, with Phoenix’s Arthur metaphorically portraying the modern embodiment of certain political figures.
Zack Synder’s fans know how BvS: Dawn of Justice turned the story into a socio-political metaphor, but then it proved to be a divisive approach for many fans. It will be interesting how fans will react to this theme if it exists.