Todd Phillips, the director of Joker, the acclaimed origin story of Batman villain Arthur Fleck has confirmed that a deleted scene from the movie would’ve confirmed the fate of Sophie Dumond.
While the mystery surrounding Sophie’s eventual character arc has been resolved since the film’s release via interviews with crew and cast, Phillips has confirmed that deleted scenes would have done the job too.
The film’s finale, which saw Fleck in an insane asylum, left fans wondering whether all of the events which had led them there had indeed actually happened or were a part of Fleck’s imagination.
Could Fleck’s last scene with love interest Sophie have been yet another figment of his imagination? The scene sees Joker leaving Sophie only to be greeted by the police which has left fans wondering if he had murdered Dumond.
The cinematographer on the production, Lawrence Sher, quickly put that theory to the sword as he confirmed: “Some people have asked me, ‘Was she killed?’ [Director Todd Phillips] makes it clear she wasn’t killed.”
Todd Phillips has now confirmed to Indiewire that Dumond survived Fleck and that it would’ve all been cleared up in a deleted scene which would see Sophie watching Fleck be interviewed by Murray Franklin. Phillips though explained that deleting the scene was imperative to the narrative, always watching from Fleck’s point of view.
“He doesn’t kill her, definitively,” Phillips told IndieWire, “As the filmmaker and the writer, I am saying he doesn’t kill her. We like the idea that it’s almost like a litmus test for the audience to say, ‘How crazy is he?’
“Most people that I’ve spoken to think he didn’t kill her because they understand the idea that he only kills people that did him wrong.
“She had nothing to do with it,” he continued. “Most people understood that, even as a villain, he was living by a certain code. Of course, he didn’t kill this woman down the hall.”