It's only been a matter of days since the Joker movie hit screens, and already it's stirring up controversy.
The psychological thriller details the origin story of Batman's archnemesis, The Joker, and how he became the notorious villain he is. But, while the eagerly-anticipated movie has been a huge hit so far, it hasn't been without its criticism, with many people calling out the film for its representation of mental illness - with some saying that it's so dark that people are walking out of theatres.
But the movie's success has created a huge and unlikely tourist attraction, with hundreds flocking to the location to get the perfect Instagram snaps. Keep scrolling to find out more...
The Joker is one of the most infamous villains in the comic book world.The supervillain made his debut in the Batman comic books in 1940 and has since become one of the most notorious faces of the franchise.
He was originally meant to be killed off during his initial appearance.But plans changed and he stuck around to become Batman's archenemy.
He was most famously brought to life by Heath Ledger in 2008.
via: imdbThe Dark Night was a box office smash hit, receiving rave reviews and grossing over a staggering $1 billion in revenue.
The movies the Joker appears in seem to garner worldwide success.Seems fans of the franchise can't get enough of the psychopathic anti-hero.
So, when it was annouced he was getting a movie of his own...
via: imdb...fans were elated. In fact, there was so much buzz around its release that the movie bagged the Golden Lion prize at the Venice Film Festival in September.
This time, the infamous criminal mastermind is portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix.
via: imdbSpeaking to Ladbible, the Oscar-nominated actor explained: "I thought it was important for it to be its own thing, to be its own interpretation. What's interesting about this character is that everybody can interpret it however they want.
The movie hit screens last week.
via: imdbDirected by Todd Phillips, Joker tells the origin story of, you guessed it...the Joker (or Arthur Fleck as he's known as in the movie), and how he evolves into the criminal mastermind we all know him as.
Arthur Fleck is a lonely, failed comedian.
via: imdbSet in 1981, Fleck, who is working as a party clown, lives with his mother in Gotham City - a town full of crime and unemployment.
Fleck also has a neurological disorder that causes him to laugh at inappropriate times.
via: imdbDue to this, he often lands himself in bad situations. And of course, he finds himself on a huge downward spiral.
He becomes an outcast of society.
via: imdbFleck is isolated, bullied, and lonely.
The movie chronicles his descent into madness.
via: imdbSoon enough, Fleck's life becomes rife with out-of-control into delusions, violence, and anarchy and thus, the clown-faced criminal is born.
The movie has solicited some extreme reactions.
via: IMDBFrom rave reviews to full-blown outrage, the dark movie has debuted to extremely mixed emotions.
The movie has already broken a major record...
via: imdbOver the weekend alone it raked in an eye-watering $93.5 million at the US box office - although we aren't entirely surprised, given the huge anticipation in the lead up to its release.
But given its blatantly dark and, at times, sensitive themes, it was bound to whip up some kind of controversy.
via: imdbAnd it sure didn't disappoint, with many people slamming the movie for its representation of mental health and "glamorization" of violence.
Theatre-goers have also been left outraged by a particular song used in the movie...
via: imdbConvicted pedophile, Gary Glitter's 1972 "Rock and Roll Part 2" is used in one scene. Glitter was jailed in 2015 for a number of sexual assault offenses, including one count of raping a 13-year-old girl, so it's no wonder so many viewers were disgusted.
The movie is apparently so disturbing, it has been leaving viewers unable to continue watching.
via: imdbSeveral people took to Twitter to call out the "horrible" movie, saying how they've been left terrified while watching.
It seems to have rattled many people...
I've just walked out of the Joker. Maybe I was naive in going/didn't realise what an origin story would be like, m… https://t.co/Y66tJkZAR1— Sam (@Sam)1570182590.0
Several have been saying the movie should have come with a trigger warning.Like this user, who cited the graphic shooting as one of the main reasons why they feel a trigger warning should have been placed at the start of the movie.
Other's cut the movie more slack.
Went to see The Joker last night with my son - its on another level of dark, disturbing and graphic, but we all kn… https://t.co/612kyeagg4— Lady Karren Brady (@Lady Karren Brady)1570434336.0
In my humble opinion, I say you give that man an Oscar right now.
via: Getty ImagesIt's not even been a week since the movie hit the big-screens but it has already managed to crawl its way into the top 10 films of all time. According to IMDb rankings, Joker is now considered one of the best movies to ever exist coming in at 9.
Joker is slowly pushing its way into the top-tier.The film currently stands at an 8.8 rating standard, with many Pheonix fans hoping that it will continue sneaking up until it falls into the top 5 films of all time.
But it's not just the movie ratings and the controversy that is causing Joker go viral...
via: IMDBIt's actually the stairs that Phoenix dances down in the movie - which are also the same stairs on the movie's front cover - that have become a huge tourist attraction.
It's time to forget the Statue of Liberty...
via: IMDBThe Joker stairs are located in The Bronx in New York City and connect Shakespeare and Anderson avenues at West 167th Street.
Fans have wasted no time in visiting the Joker stairs...
Many are clearly just excited to be there...
But a lot of people have been giving their best Joker impressions...
But many seem to not realize that the stairs are in a residential area...
It has probably gotten a little annoying for local residents...egally as a Bronx resident you're allowed and encouraged to tax anyone visiting the joker stairs."
It has to be said, it's a pretty nice effort on the fans' part.
via: IMDBWho knows if the hype will eventually die off, or if the Joker stairs will become a timeless tourist attraction? Only time will tell...