Discussing Joker Controversy, Director Asks: What About John Wick?

Critics of the upcoming Joker film have voiced concerns about the real world implications of the violence depicted in the film. While discussing these concerns, director Todd Phillips compared Joker to other violent films, specifically mentioning John Wick 3.

"The one that bugs me more is -- in toxic, white male thing -- when you go, 'I just saw John Wick 3," Phillips told AP Entertainment. "He's a white male. He kills 300 people and everybody's laughing and hooting and hollering.' Why does this movie get held to different standards? It honestly doesn't make sense to me."

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During the interview, Phillips also spoke on the Aurora theater shooting tragedy and the claims that the shooter was impersonating the Joker. Survivors of the the shooting have recently shared their thoughts and concerns about the film.

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The Keanu Reeves-led John Wick films are well-known for their heavy gun usage and violent action scenes, but haven't been as criticized. In fact, John Wick 3 even won the Best Action or Adventure Film Award at the 45th Saturn Awards.

Directed by Todd Phillips, Joker stars Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Douglas Hodge, Marc Maron, Josh Pais and Shea Whigham. The film arrives in theaters Oct. 4.

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