The release of the Joker movie in 2019 was a major event for DC Comics and Batman fans. The film, which stars Joaquin Phoenix as the titular character, tells the origin story of the Joker and explores his descent into madness. While the movie is not a direct adaptation of any comic book storyline, there are definitely some Batman references that can be found throughout.
Wayne Enterprises and Thomas Wayne
One of the most obvious references to Batman in Joker is the inclusion of Wayne Enterprises and Thomas Wayne, Bruce Wayne’s father. In the movie, Arthur Fleck (the man who eventually becomes the Joker) is obsessed with Thomas Wayne and believes him to be his father. This leads him to try and confront Wayne at a gala event at Wayne Enterprises headquarters.
Another reference to Batman comes in the form of a brief scene where Arthur is flipping through his mother’s file at Arkham State Hospital. In one shot, we see a document that mentions “Penny Fleck” being admitted to Arkham after being involved in a car accident with “Thomas and Martha Wayne.” This is clearly meant to be a reference to Batman’s parents, who were famously killed in a mugging gone wrong.
Throughout Joker, there are numerous scenes featuring clowns. This is obviously meant to tie into the Joker’s persona as a clown-themed villain.
However, it’s also worth noting that clowns have played a significant role in various Batman stories over the years. The most famous example is probably The Killing Joke, where the Joker himself dresses up as a clown while carrying out his crimes.
Arkham State Hospital
Finally, we come back around to Arkham State Hospital. While this location doesn’t necessarily have direct ties to Batman himself (after all, many villains from the DC universe end up in Arkham at some point), it’s still worth mentioning. Arkham has been a fixture of Batman comics and other media for years, so it’s always interesting to see it pop up in other stories.
- In conclusion, while Joker is not a Batman movie per se, there are definitely some clear references to the Dark Knight and his world scattered throughout.
- From Wayne Enterprises to Thomas Wayne to the clowns and even Arkham State Hospital, these nods to Batman help ground the movie in the wider DC universe.
- Whether you’re a diehard Batman fan or just a casual moviegoer, these references add an extra layer of depth and meaning to an already powerful film.
So if you haven’t seen Joker yet, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for these subtle (and not-so-subtle) nods to one of DC’s most iconic characters!