The final script for Todd Phillips’ critically acclaimed film, Joker, has been made available online.
The film, based on DC Comics characters, famously stars Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker and is an origin story set in 1981 to tell the story of failed comedian Arthur Fleck who makes the slow ascent into becoming the crazed, murdering villain.
With Joaquin Phoenix famously in the lead role and being heavily tipped to success at the upcoming awards season, the film has been described as an “exploration of a man disregarded by society [that] is not only a gritty character study but also a broader cautionary tale.”
Phillips, who co-wrote the screenplay alongside the Oscar-nominated Scott Silver, previously explained that the writing duo was inspired by numerous different 1970s character studies and the films of Martin Scorsese—particularly Taxi Driver.
“We purposely set out to leave some things vague and unanswered,” Phillips previously said of the film in an interview with Deadline. “That was a clear intent from the beginning. I think a lot of different things about the film have really connected with people and one of the things I’ve noticed has really caught on is the idea of what Arthur writes in his notebook: ‘The worst part of a mental illness is that people expect you to behave as if you don’t.’
“That really resonated with a lot of people who do suffer from mental illness and saw a little bit of themselves in the movie, or in Arthur, or in his experiences in different ways. I’ve had so many people write me emails or posts on my Instagram saying, ‘That line is exactly what it feels like’.”
With a lot of speculation around alternative endings, Phillips and Silver have now made the official script available online. You can read that, below.