Kevin Smith Claims The Original Ending To ‘Joker’ Was So Much Darker, Offers His One Criticism Of The Movie


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Hate it, like it, or love it, Joker made enough money to pay for a lifetime of Jared Leto’s therapy.

As of the end of 2019, the Todd Phillips directed thriller grossed a worldwide total of $1.063 billion, becoming the highest-grossing R-rated film of all-time and becoming the first R-rated film to pass the billion-dollar mark.

This goes without saying, but don’t read this shitty article any further if you haven’t seen the movie. I’m talking to you Travis.

Now that we shed those losers, lets talk about the end of the movie.

Jay and Silent Bob Reboot director Kevin Smith recently revealed that he heard from a reliable industry source that the ending scene, which features Arthur Fleck speaking with a psychiatrist in an insane asylumm, was originally supposed to be a whole lot darker.

Via Uproxx:

On a recent episode of the Fatman Beyond podcast, the Jay and Silent Bob Reboot director was told by Someone In the Know that “the ending in the hospital was different.” While in Arkham, Arthur Fleck/the Joker starts laughing in front of a confused psychiatrist. She asks him, “What’s so funny?” He responds, “I was just thinking of something funny.” Here’s where the endings differ. “What was supposed to happen was you flashed back to the death or Thomas and Martha Wayne and it was him killing Thomas and Martha Wayne and the boy was screaming and crying and he turned to walk away and he turned back, shrugged, and shot the kid. Credits,” Smith said.

Smith said he would have preferred for the movie to end “triumphantly” with Fleck with dancing on cars while Gotham rioters cheered around him, and the hospital scene was nothing more than a ploy to “win awards.”

His one other criticism: the 2-hour movie could have been cut down to 90 minutes.

The Joker talk begins at 16:30 in the video below.

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