Joker is very quickly becoming one of the most anticipated movies of the year. From the little clips which have come out, it certainly looks like it will explore a lot of issues, with a lot of violence. As such director Todd Phillips’ upcoming DC movie has earned an R rating by the Motion Picture Association of America.
What To Expect From Joker?
No one is quite sure what to expect when the subversive comicbook movie arrives later on this year. But one thing that was pretty certain right from the very beginning was that it was going to be a dark movie. This can be felt right from the way the lighting is used, the setting, the subject it is set to explore and more.
These suspicions were confirmed today as the MPAA gave the Clown Prince of Crime’s first solo theatrical outing an R. You can check out the rating for the movie on the film’s official website. There it states that Joker is rated R for:
“Strong Bloody Violence, Disturbing Behavior, language and Brief Sexual Images.”
This certainly looks like it would be more along the lines of James Mangold’s Logan
Analyzing Joker’s MPAA R Rating
It’s very interesting to see “Disturbing Behaviour” explicitly listed as a reason for the Restricted rating. This kind of description generally involves very creepy content. Not that any movie which discusses Joker’s rise to power will be a walk in the park but the rating description will surely interest mature moviegoers. We will learn about what makes the movie so “disturbing” when it premiers soon at the Venice Film Festival.
Joker is directed by Todd Phillips and stars Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp and more. The movie arrived in theatres on October 4.
Check out the official teaser trailer for Joker to know why this movie will be a new benchmark for comicbook movies.