‘Joker’ Passed the $1 Billion Mark

While it’s been quite fun posting about fashion, thought to take the time and write about what’s been happening in the film industry. I watched the Joker, directed by Todd Phillips, when it first came out and honestly thought it wasn’t going to earn this much cash.

Earning cash, when it comes to films, is it a bad thing or good?

If you ask me, it depends on the film. Usually, when we go to theaters, it is purely for entertainment purposes. However, for the past decade or so, starting back in 2008 to be exact, was when Marvel launched the Iron Man. I enjoyed it, but not so much when it comes to its sequels.

Ever since, due to the success of Marvel flicks, the way of makings film in Hollywood has changed. Today, it is all about intellectual property; franchises; sequels, prequels and remakes.

Originality, as we know it is slowly dying. This takes me back to what director Martin Scorsese recently said about the Marvel films that they are not cinema. Read about that more here.

He also had to pen down an op-ed later to make sure he is clearly understood why he thinks what Marvel is producing is not cinema, but just theme park films and the movie theaters have been turned into amusement parks in a way. He has some legitimate points.

But, there’s hope, I think. Thanks to films like the Joker. Yes, it’s a character taken still from a comic-book, however, it is the boldness of the director and as well as the studio here to present it to the audience in a different way.

It’s a huge gamble, although the budget is just a bit over $60 million. And plus it is an R-rated film.

As we know, studios these days stay away from thought-provoking, dark, character-driven pictures. Why? Because they think they’re not going to make any money.

Joker has proved everyone wrong and also it is important to note that how studios think that audiences are not smart and don’t have the tolerance to sit and enjoy a thought-provoking film with complex psychology.

Joker is not only now the most successful R-rated picture. It is also an award winning film. It won the top prize at the Venice International Film Festival.

And the word is that it will be nominated for an Oscar and Joaquin Phoenix portraying the character might just win the golden statue finally for his outstanding performance.

Warner Bros., the studio behind the Joker is now working with director Matt Reeves (Cloverfield and Planet of the Apes films) on a new Batman picture. I know Reeves is an excellent director. He’s a unique cinematic vision, but hopefully the film is grounded and don’t turn out to be just a cash-grab.

If it was up to me, I wouldn’t tackle a Batman picture this soon considering the successful and well-made Dark Knight Trilogy by Christopher Nolan was released not too long ago. But, like I said, there’s hope and the only thing we can do is wait and see.

Joker is now playing everywhere, but it can also be pre-ordered on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K if you’re planning to keep it as part of your film collection. I know I will.

As always, thanks for stopping by. Any questions or suggestions use the comments section below.

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6 Comments

  1. I went to the cinemas to watch the Joker, it was a very different and strange film I must say, but that is the character of the Joker, I also didn’t think it would make that much money. Hope there is another movie linked to the Joker or Batman soon.

    1. Hi Lee,

      Thanks for the comment. I think they’re not planning to to do a sequel or have this Joker show up in any of the future films. But, no one knows, it might happen because it has made lots of money.

      – Yama

  2. Hi Yama

    I have recently seen the Joker and I’m normally not much into those dark movies but this one had me hooked and I’ll be sure to be adding it to my collection.
    Thanks for the detailed information

    All the best!

    1. Hi Tracy,

      Glad to hear that you liked the film as well. I will be adding it to my collection as well. It’s one of those films that can be viewed repeatedly and you will still love it.

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