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30 Joker Plot Holes – Every Question We Have After Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Movie
Among the many problems with Todd Phillips’s Joker is that the film itself tried to do so many things that it ended up doing nothing at all. Its ambiguous messaging, inconsistent storytelling, and thoughtless treatment of politics, marginalized people, and the concept of incels in general leave audiences with more questions than answers. Worse, the vague narrative leaves the film wide open for misinterpretation by anyone who watches—which is a dangerous thing for a film that seemingly glamorizes a white man who commits horrible acts of violence.
Beyond that, Joker, which is allegedly going to be a stand-alone movie with no sequel or Batman follow-up (which we don’t believe), leaves behind a number of huge question marks. These are the biggest questions and plot holes we had after watching Joker.
1. Wasn’t the fun of Joker in the first place that he had no backstory, that he was simply an agent of chaos?
2. If his relationship with Zazie Beetz was all imagined, what other major characters or plot points must have also happened in his head?
3. Did the entire late night appearance scene happen in his head?
4. Did the afterward of him in Arkham Asylum really happen?
5. Why establish an unreliable narrator with no basis or benchmark for reality?
6. Are we supposed to care about the Joker?
7. Are we supposed to sympathize with the Joker?
8. Of course, this was the ‘80s, but how shitty is Thomas Wayne’s security that a dangerous man was able to approach his child alone at their house, then in the bathroom, then a separate man kill them at the end?
9. So… he killed Zazie Beetz, right?
10. Did her daughter make it?
11. The film depicted his descent into madness, but how does this guy become a criminal mastermind? He doesn’t seem capable of devising any complicated schemes?
12. No one was chasing him after he snatched his mom’s file at Arkham? He just had time for a nice stairwell read?
13. Why did he have to be adopted? Were they just really trying to hammer home the daddy issues thing?
14. And what self-respecting goon going to look at Joker and be like, “Yes, I’m down to be this dude’s henchman?”
15. So Joker’s like a senior citizen by the time Batman gets on the scene?
16. If the late night appearance really did happen, how did suspected murderer get on TV? The two detectives really didn’t tell anyone back at the precinct about their suspect?
17. Did they really need to use the song from convicted pedophile Gary Glitter, who will now earn royalties from this movie?
18. I know smoking was big in the ’70s…but did Joker have to smoke that much?
19. Why did Joker’s clown buddy treat him so nicely and give him a handgun and then later lie about it?
20. Why did Todd Phillips choose to write so many jokes about the little person in the movie?
21. Why didn’t they cut the TV broadcast right after the talk show host was shot in the head?
22. If Joker is so addicted to cigarettes right now, how the heck is he going to be able to fight Batman in 20 years?
23. Does Joker not recall his childhood at all? Did he block out the memories of his abuse?
24. How did his mother get to continue raising him after the media reported on her abusive parenting?
25. Did Arthur go in the refrigerator and hallucinate the entire ending of the film?
26. What was the big joke in the ending that the Arkham psychologist “Wouldn’t understand?”
27. Why does Joker say he’s not political? He uses his entire segment on the talk show to make a politically charged excuse for his actions.
28. All said and done, what was the point of this movie? What was it trying to say?
29. If this is a movie that’s saying society is the real villain, doesn’t that just excuse the behavior of evil white men who commit murder?
30. If we’re to think of this within the greater context of the DC universe, isn’t this movie basically implying that the only answer to our poisoned society that produces evil white men is to have another white man become a vigilante who doesn’t operate under any laws or regulations?