Todd Phillips's Joker attempts to be the antithesis of modern comic book movies, but like most other films in the "superhero" ballpark, it's still chock full of Easter eggs. A fair share of moments in the film are nods to specific aspects of the comics, but Joker places itself in a far different cinematic tradition than most of its DC and Marvel contemporaries - and as such, its references range from the likes of '70s Martin Scorsese crime films all the way to dark real-life events.
From the moment the first teaser dropped, fans were quick to point out similarities between Joker and Scorsese films like Taxi Driver and The King of Comedy - a connection bolstered by Robert De Niro's presence in the Joker cast. But the film also manages to sneak in references to films as varied as Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times and the action spoof Zorro, The Gay Blade.
While the film as a whole isn't fully based on a specific comic, it does reference several of the most famous Batman comics as well as the Joker's many comic book appearances through the decades. But no matter how closely you were watching the film, it was no doubt a bit challenging to pay attention to every tiny Easter egg while an off-duty clown was gushing blood from a scissor-wound to the neck. So, we've taken the liberty of compiling some of our favorite Easter eggs and references for your perusal.
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That Warner Bros. Logo Is From The 1970s And '80sPhoto: Warner Bros.
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Arthur's Bad Day Echoes His Origin In A Famous Alan Moore StorylinePhoto: Batman: The Killing Joke / DC Comics
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Pogo The Clown Was John Wayne Gacy’s Alias
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There Are Several 'Taxi Driver' AllusionsPhoto: Taxi Driver / Columbia Pictures
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The Actor Who Played Bruce Wayne Also Played A Young Version Of Joaquin PhoenixPhoto: You Were Never Really Here / Amazon Studios
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'Joker' References The Bernie Goetz 'Subway Vigilante' IncidentPhoto: Warner Bros.