The newly released teaser trailer for Warner Bros's The Joker, gives us a look at the tragic back story of DC's most infamous villain. It's about as dark and sad and upsetting as you might expect a movie about the Joker to be. But, buried within its obvious trauma is an even deeper, more relatable trauma, assuming you can make it past that horrific shot of Joaquin Phoenix's spine.
Yeah sure okay so moving on, let's try to focus on the positives here, shall we? Or as The Joker asks us: put on a happy face! It's all going to be fine, just fine.
Now that we're clear of that imagine completely, let's take a cold hard look at the broken and twisted psyche that makes the Joker one of the most diabolical villains to ever work as a sign guy.
When a gang of out of control teens bully and hit the Joker with his own sign, you might think to yourself "Of course, I, too, would become a homicidal maniac if I were hit with a sign." But, as traumatic as a good sign-bashing is, it's not what ultimate drove him to madness.
That's right. Midway through the trailer we see the pre-Jokerified Arthur Fleck laughing at a stand up comedian. He seems to be the only one laughing though, so either he's already starting to lose it, or he's the most supportive guy at the open mic, which means he's already starting to lose it.
We also get to see his joke book, in which he laments having a mental illness people don't understand. He also, if we're offering notes here, needs a punchline for that. But hey feedback like that is most likely why he ends up trying to kill everyone.
This is most likely a shot of Arthur attempting to tell one of those jokes to an audience. It doesn't look like it's going well. Ah well, back to the drawing board, right? Time to go take the lessons learned from this moment of adversity to improve our craft, right? Ha.
Or, we could go out and find a literal child and physically force them to smile with your bare hands. The joke here, I guess, is that this kid is about to get the flu, because Joker doesn't seem like a guy who washed his hands a lot.
It seems like somehow the Joker does in fact book a spot on a television show. Though it's likely he accomplished this through terrorism, or worse, nepotism. And since we're pretty familiar with the Joker's trajectory from this point on, I think it's safe to assume this appearance does not go well.
Yep, that's what we thought. Stay in (coding) school, kids. It's all that can save you now.