Joker has hit the screens and created a storm around the world. Audiences have become somewhat numbed by a series of fluffy comic book CGI 'fun' fests, and a seemingly endless supply of Disney live-action remakes of old cartoons, people don't seem to be quite ready for what director Todd Philips has done. This is a film that truly harks back to the gritty 1970s style of movie and reminds everyone that DC is at its best when it's dark and gritty.
Joker is a dark character study of arguably the most famous villain in comic books. For this outing, he is minus the Batman, so the film is solely focused on him and how he becomes the clown prince of crime. It's a real slow burn too, taking its time to build the tension and drag our character, Arthur Fleck through the mud and then dig a hole and throw him in it, before he eventually rises up through the muck and ascends as a full madman. It's a long journey and one so worth taking.
The Joker has appeared in live-action films five times, as well as many animated movies as well. Each time he has graced the screen, he has been vastly different from the previous incarnation, something of a testimony of how good a character he is, that he can be reinvented so effectively.