Theory: Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker – Batman’s brother?
Arthur Fleck Joaquin Phoenix in The Joker seems to be literally obsessed with the Wayne family – perhaps because he is one of them. The plot clues and details related to the character hint at the high probability that Arthur is the son of Thomas Wayne, that is, Batman’s half brother. When the chilling trailer of the “Joker” Todd Phillips was released, no one even wondered why the Joker and the Wayne family are confronting each other: they are used to seeing enemies. But besides Gotham’s general storyline – the lower class rebels against elite rich people such as Thomas Wayne, with the Joker mask as a symbol of rebels – it didn’t look like there was a special connection between professional clown Arthur Fleck and mayor candidate Thomas Wayne. However, if you put together the pieces of the mosaic, the trailer is quite similar to the story of the rejected son, eager for revenge for himself and his mother. He hates the rich man who left them in poverty and his younger brother, who had everything. The role of Thomas and Bruce Wayne in the movie “The Joker” The initial description of “Mr. Warner” (as Thomas Wayne is called in the casting) is as follows: “a man, white, sixty years old, tanned, his hair painted blue-blue, a successful New York businessman, rumored to be running for mayor. A public figure and a symbol of wealth. ” Thomas Wayne will be played by Bratt Cullen, although Alain Baldwin was originally approved for this role. Phillips wanted to portray Wayne Sr. like Donald Trump (and Baldwin plays Trump perfectly on SNL). And the young Bruce Wayne will play Dante Pereira-Olson. Judging by the advertising posters seen on the set of The Joker, Thomas Wayne does run for mayor, but he doesn’t seem to be such a popular figure in society. The trailer showed a protest that took place outside the walls of the Wayne Building, and photo posters with the words “Shame on Wayne” and “Shame on the Fascist Wayne.” It’s also clear from the trailer that a masked Joker crowd is attacking Thomas Wayne near the subway station. The clown himself calmly left at this time. We see Arthur being thrown off the stairs during a rally. It is clear that Arthur’s alter ego is inflamed due to a surge of anti-Wayne sentiment, and the reasons can be very personal. Is Thomas Wayne the Joker father? The key to this theory is Arthur’s mother, Penny Fleck, played by Francis Conroy. As shown in the trailers, Arthur still lives with his mother in a small apartment. We see him dancing with her across from the TV and washing her hair in the bathroom. They are obviously very close – probably painfully close. An early description of Penny claims that she “was very attractive in her youth, obsessed with her former employer and unable to accept the realities of her life.” Most likely, Penny’s “former employer” is Wayne Enterprises (that would only explain Arthur’s resentment over the Wayne family). Conroy and Cullen over sixty, and Phoenix over forty. This means that the chronology is undoubtedly respected, and the young heir could well have an affair with one of the company employees, ending in pregnancy. Based on this, it can be argued that the naive young Penny Fleck was fired from Wayne Enterprises and silenced in the interests of the young Thomas Wayne’s reputation. Perhaps one day they gave a large sum of money in exchange for signing a non-disclosure agreement and an oath to never raise the topic of Arthur’s origin. In one of the trailers, Arthur, clearly agitated, visits Arham Psychiatric Hospital. Could Thomas Wayne have gone so far and forced to put Penny Fleck there if she said during his election campaign that he is the father of her son Arthur? Of course, this could finally break the already unstable person. What does Joker Wayne mean for Batman? The Joker’s enduring appeal as a villain is that we will never recognize his motives – if he has them at all. The graphic novel by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland The Killing Joke put forward the most famous hypothesis of the origin of the Joker, but its status for the DC Comics canon has changed over the years. Christopher Nolan in The Dark Knight played on the mysterious nature of the Joker background, telling how the character got his scars. Both that and another could lead to the alleged emotional trauma, as a result of which he made up and became a terrorist. However, none of the stories was true, there was a feeling that this was just another Joker game. If the theory that the Joker of the Phoenix is the illegitimate and rejected son of Thomas Wayne is true, then the Phillips movie might just be a revenge story. In the trailer, Arthur clearly aimed at the young Bruce – lured him to the gates of the Wayne estate and stretched his mouth in a grin. It is likely that the Phillips film is a fantasy on the theme “What if …?”, Invented in the DC universe, where the Joker kills Bruce and Batman will never be born. Or maybe Thomas Wayne will be Batman. It is possible that it is the Joker who will be responsible for the origin of Batman. That would be an interesting twist from The Killing Joke.