Joaquin Phoenix, Todd Phillips & Crew on Joker, Realism, and Reimagining Gotham City

Following the New York premiere of Joker at the 57th New York Film Festival, Todd Phillips, Joaquin Phoenix, producer Emma Tillinger Koskoff, production designer Mark Friedberg, and cinematographer Lawrence Sher participated in an conversation on the making of the film. They discussed vividly bringing to life a reimagined Gotham City, their cinematic influences, Phoenix’s preparation for the role, and the importance of real-world implications of violence in the film.

The Joker began life on April 25, 1940 as the anarchic enemy of DC Comics’ Batman, and his appearance was possibly inspired by Conrad Veidt’s permanently, demonically smiling face from the 1928 silent film The Man Who Laughs. The Joker has gone through many transformations and iterations, but his origin story has never been as vividly or shockingly imagined and realized as it is here, in one of the most anticipated films of the year. Join us for a special screening and discussion with the creative team behind this stunning, truly disturbing vision, led by director Todd Phillips and his brilliant star, Joaquin Phoenix. A Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures and BRON Creative release.

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