‘Joker’ Will Officially Receive An R-Rating

Joker will officially receive an R-rating.

Todd Phillips big screen adaptation has received praise from both fans and critics alike and all we’ve seen is a few photos and one trailer.  Now Joker, the spin-off origin story of Batman’s greatest villain, will officially receive the R-rating; confirms filmmaker Todd Phillips.

In a new Instagram post, Phillips shared a new photo of star Joaquin Phoenix putting on the clown make-up with the title “finishing touches” for the October release.

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Finishing touches.

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What has caught the attention of the fans more than how gritty and awe-inspiring Phoenix looks is a fan interaction Phillips had in the comments section.  The a fan asked Phillips about the MPAA rating in which the director replied:

“it will be Rated R.  I’ve been asked this a lot.  Just assumed people knew”

Joker is set in 1981 and follows Arthur Fleck (Phoenix) a failed stand-up comedian whom is forced into the criminal underworld of Gotham City.

The film has been described as having the tone of a Martin Scorsese gangster movie.  Phoenix has described the movie as feeling more like a low-budget indie instead of a major comic book movie.  Joker won’t be the first comic book movie to receive the R-rating following in the likes of Deadpool and Watchmen.

Joker will hit theaters on October 4th.


Jeff Testanero

Hartford, Connecticut based blogger and podcaster. Graduate of the Connecticut School of Broadcasting and serious comic book collector for the past 20+ years Diehard Superman fanboy