The Joker movie starring Joaquin Pheonix opened, and some say it’s highly violent. Does the film motivate people to commit violence? Clinical psychologist Dr. Bart Rossi, Ph.D. joins Wink News to discuss.
The history of the Batman series goes all the way back to the 1940s and has been a fan favorite ever since. Adam West brought it into pop culture in the campy 1960s television series, followed by several Hollywood actors starring as Batman on the big screen. Among them, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Christian Bale, and Ben Affleck. And there have been big stars in the role of Batman’s adversaries too. The most notable portrayals of arch-criminal Joker began with Ceaser Romero in the 1960s television series. It was followed by a stunning performance by Jack Nicholson in the Tim Burton-directed film. Not to be undone, Health Ledger adapted yet another look into the twisted mind of the Joker role, followed by Jared Leto in the Suicide Squad.
Now Joker is back in his own film, with yet another adaptation to the evil mind of Joker, played by Joaquin Pheonix.
Like most of the Bartman related films, it is dark. The new film, directed by Todd Phillps and also starring Robert DeNiro, had an opening box office income of $95M. Many, however, are questioning whether it was too violent to the point of irresponsibility. Director Todd Phillips says no. In fact, he insists that it was time to stop portraying violence in cartoon fashion and his vision was more responsible.
So, does the new film promote and induce violence in its young audience?
In this episode of Wink News, Dr. Bart Rossi addresses the concerns of violent movies in general, and The Joker in particular.