Film Theory: The Joker Is Not Real (Joker 2019 Spoiler Free)

  • Published: 08 September 2019
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    This year we are getting a seemingly brand new take on the classic Batman villain, the Joker. This version stars Joaquin Phoenix as a failed comedian named Arthur Fleck - a new name for the old character. People are saying it's a whole new origin story for the Joker and I think that's true... but maybe not in the way most people are thinking. I think this Joker is not actually REAL! What do I mean? You're about to find out!

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    Writer: Matthew Patrick and Zach Stewart
    Editors: Dan "Cybert" Seibert, BanditRants, and Alex "Sedge" Sedgwick
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  • Makena Miller
    Makena Miller  21 minutes back

    I loved the jokers acting in Suicide Squad! It was my favorite one Joker. I loved Joker and Harlequin’s acting a whole crap ton in the movie and I don’t get when people hate it.

    • Filip Radojevic
      Filip Radojevic  40 minutes back

      I think you are wrong about this. Mental illness is not the first thing on the list that drives Arthur to become the Joker , it plays as the undercurrent of his miserable life and sets the stage for his transformation ... When his mother dies , Arthur she wanted him to be dies with her , and a new identity is born rooted not in denial of
      the harsh reality like the old Arthur , but in the very core of all his painful experience , emerges as a consequence a new mind uninhibited and criminaly insane...

      • Ms Pineapple
        Ms Pineapple  1 hours back

        To be honest couldn’t we just watch matpat as school lol

        • EdgierBean
          EdgierBean  1 hours back

          All the joker's have been diagnosed with a range of mental illnesses. But the one they all have in common is scitsophrenia. So... Yeah...

          • Ace Diamonds
            Ace Diamonds  3 hours back

            schrodingers king of comedy

            • luar perez
              luar perez  3 hours back

              matpat:joker is not really violent
              joker:am i a joke to you
              oh wait i am

              • Stefaa .27
                Stefaa .27  6 hours back

                If this theory is true then he spoiled the movie

                • hatchettwit
                  hatchettwit  6 hours back

                  I think it would badass if it went down like this. I think you give modern movies too much credit.

                  • Alicia
                    Alicia  7 hours back

                    Could u do a theory of the Joker maybe being IT

                    • Georgie Pineda
                      Georgie Pineda  7 hours back

                      1. Arthur is a name used in the kiling joke comic, were he was a comedian. So there is a comic background.

                      2. Pseudobulbar affect, is more a neurological disorder than a psychiatric disorder which means that you can be mentaly healthy, no mood disorder, and have burst of laughter or crying that are not related to any enviromental stimulus with the latter (crying) being more frequent than the former (laughing).

                      3. It's not schizophrenia... not only we don't have enough information to say that but you took symtoms and signs then made them fit the diagnose without properly understanding those symtomes and signs (i.e. his dances, if pathological, could fit any of the detailed and studied movement disorder but you avoid explaining WHY and WHAT disorder it fits)

                      4. Yes, you can diagnose schizophrenia by observing a patient talk and write, but more than the handwritting, which matpat implies, it's the content the order of the words and the conjugation of the verbs (past-tense, regular, irregular) which if applied to Arthur would make his diary unreable or obviosly grammatically incorrect.

                      5. Delusions and hallusinations... Matpat mentions them but fails to describe what their psychiatric meaning is, how it is applies and how they differentiate from each other and from illusions or ideas of grandeur or even megalomania.

                      Yeah, i know it's a theory but it is really far fetched, not only that but it spreads misinformation of what schizophrenia really is and applying it to the joker will never explain his terrible acts. As a side note i won't theorize his diagnose without information which means that i will patiently wait for the movie and with all the pieces in sight i'll try to solve the joker's puzzle.

                      • Speedytyperman Answers
                        Speedytyperman Answers  8 hours back

                        sometimes I think people of film theorists channel are just bottom feeding scumbags, who instead of doing "Theories" just blatantly turning and twisting other people's work just so they can make a monetized video with millions of views to feed off their 14 year old audiences who won't even be bother to go watch/read/play/google the original source.

                        • Nuper In Nocte
                          Nuper In Nocte  8 hours back

                          Todd Phillips sounds like a name fit for the 6th Robin.

                          • waptek
                            waptek  8 hours back

                            4:50 we laugh to hide our SCREAMS!

                            • JAMCastillo1
                              JAMCastillo1  9 hours back


                              • HiMyNameIs !!!!!!!!!
                                HiMyNameIs !!!!!!!!!  10 hours back


                                • John Jones
                                  John Jones  10 hours back

                                  Hmm, interesting...I wonder if the big reveal at the end is that he is imagining himself to be the Joker, not because he is the Joker, but because he knows about Joker from the comic books?

                                  • maya player1
                                    maya player1  11 hours back


                                    • Brad Palato
                                      Brad Palato  12 hours back

                                      The director himself said that this movie had nothing to do with the actual joker

                                      • Dontplay Withme
                                        Dontplay Withme  13 hours back

                                        The joker fanesed chuckys laugh

                                        • Scott Galpin
                                          Scott Galpin  14 hours back

                                          Your an idiot

                                          • Jar Jar Binks
                                            Jar Jar Binks  14 hours back

                                            Mesa not mentally ill....

                                            • Timothy Kozlowski
                                              Timothy Kozlowski  14 hours back

                                              I'll watch their take on the Joker. No matter what you say

                                              • Anya
                                                Anya  15 hours back

                                                If this is what the joker movie will end up being. This will probably become one of my top favorite movies of all time. Aside from Amadeus and Silence of the Lambs.

                                                • Jon Dani
                                                  Jon Dani  15 hours back

                                                  I hope you’re wrong. I want a relatable character. Someone growing and raising. Not some delusional person shuffling around around.

                                                  • Jam sandwiches
                                                    Jam sandwiches  15 hours back

                                                    Ya know how I got these scars

                                                    • Axess2084
                                                      Axess2084  15 hours back

                                                      If we don't deal with this now, soon, little, uh, Gambol (?) here won't be able to get a, a nickel for his grandma.

                                                  • Jim Rogers
                                                    Jim Rogers  16 hours back

                                                    I have a theory: Arthur is the guy who killed Bruce's parents

                                                    • Autumnz _Artz
                                                      Autumnz _Artz  16 hours back

                                                      That actually makes it better not only showing how Arthur behaves but what he experiences showing what his life is like in his eyes can help you understand what happened to him to me its a good idea but thats an opinion

                                                      • Homer J. Simpson
                                                        Homer J. Simpson  16 hours back

                                                        This isnt going to happen. Dc wouldnt cop out like this. Not at all.

                                                        • Amber Powell
                                                          Amber Powell  16 hours back

                                                          You seem to be right. The joker of then and who he wants to be and eventually becomes. How he came to be what he is in Gotham today.

                                                          • DAKOTA REAPER
                                                            DAKOTA REAPER  16 hours back

                                                            You don't want no beef.. *YoU dOnT wanT nO bEeF!!?!?!*

                                                            • ClumsyPlant
                                                              ClumsyPlant  17 hours back

                                                              Well I mean the joker has always kinda just been mentally unstable

                                                              • Derek Cornett
                                                                Derek Cornett  17 hours back

                                                                I was diagnosed with schizophrenia after being locked in a psychiatric unit for 2 weeks and I've avoided "medication" for 9 years... I seem to be doing fine :)

                                                                • Homer J. Simpson
                                                                  Homer J. Simpson  16 hours back

                                                                  nah bro according to him half your life has to be in your head

                                                              • Skztg
                                                                Skztg  18 hours back

                                                                matpat you’ve done like 30 fnaf episodes we know what hallucinations are

                                                                • RangerAgr
                                                                  RangerAgr  18 hours back

                                                                  One must imagine Arthur Fleck as happy.

                                                                  • random numbers 783
                                                                    random numbers 783  18 hours back

                                                                    Or it could be the other way round because the Joker's origin is to clear it has always been multiple choice

                                                                    • Dahn
                                                                      Dahn  20 hours back

                                                                      Jokeseph Jokestar

                                                                      • Piggy Drawz
                                                                        Piggy Drawz  20 hours back

                                                                        matpat, we better get a it chapter 2 theory

                                                                        • Reverse Fuhrer
                                                                          Reverse Fuhrer  20 hours back

                                                                          This video is bollocks. 🙄

                                                                          • BM PUNK
                                                                            BM PUNK  21 hours back


                                                                            • Leroy Jenkins
                                                                              Leroy Jenkins  23 hours back

                                                                              You got this whole movie twisted bruh. He is going to be tormented by other humans in such horrible, terrifying, and scarring ways. He will lose the attachment ability that normal humans possess. He will start giving 0 fucks and then Viola! Society will have successfully created the most notorious psychopath.

                                                                              • Mateja Ivanov
                                                                                Mateja Ivanov  23 hours back

                                                                                There are great channels who show us more about the movies...
                                                                                And there are channels like this. ( I am angry, you ruined the last 47 movies I wanted to watch )

                                                                                • MarvelousBowski 314
                                                                                  MarvelousBowski 314  1 days back

                                                                                  Phoenix's The Joker 0% not the best anti-Villian that we know xd

                                                                                  • Nazir Osmani
                                                                                    Nazir Osmani  1 days back

                                                                                    Do a theory on human combustion from fire force anime

                                                                                    • YgPhaz
                                                                                      YgPhaz  1 days back

                                                                                      Man I hate the theory 'he woke up and it was all a dream' or 'it was all in his head'

                                                                                      • Dyslogix
                                                                                        Dyslogix  1 days back

                                                                                        Arthur.Fleck / Ben.Affleck / A.FFleck / A.Fleck ?

                                                                                        • Marckenz D
                                                                                          Marckenz D  1 days back

                                                                                          I thought that this would be one of the many origin stories the Joker makes up
                                                                                          in his head. One of the multiple choice ones. I definitely enjoyed this video.

                                                                                          • Randy Ciriaco
                                                                                            Randy Ciriaco  1 days back

                                                                                            We are all CLOWNS.

                                                                                            • Dabasaurus Kex
                                                                                              Dabasaurus Kex  1 days back

                                                                                              Playing peekaboo with a kid on the bus is an inappropriate action? Fuck off