This guy is the younger brother of the actor River Jude Phoenix who was nominated for Oscar Award for the role in the "Running on Empty" film. He was considered a very talented actor and one of the most promising newcomers of Hollywood in the second part of the 80s of the last century. But River died of overdose right in front of the club «Viper Room», the owner of which for some time was Johnny...
Reference to The Art of Martin Scorsese
If the movies like “Taxi Driver” or “The King of Comedy” by Scorsese are already familiar to you, so you have definitely drawn parallels between these two projects. Todd Phillips was surely inspired by the works of the master, so some details for the plot of “Joker” were borrowed right from those films. For example, a loser and a stand up comic, who confesses to a crime on the air, we saw in “The King of Comedy”.
And from the “Taxi Driver” the screenwriter pulled that atmosphere of the city and “playing” with guns. The presence of Robert De Niro in the movie is, in itself, a tribute to the classic of cinematography.
Stairs As an Indicator of The Hero’s State of Mind
After the battery scene at the beginning of the movie we see Arthur going up the ladders, limping and slouching. His steps are very reluctant and full of disappointment. But closer to the ending of the film we see that Joker is dancing on it that hints us at the emancipation and at the hero gaining the meaning of his life.
The Episode in The Subway Is Based on Real Events
The base for the episode where Arthur picks off the hooligans in the subway is a real-life situation. In 1984 in the subway of New York there was an incident which was widely publicized.
On the train four black teenagers picked on a 37 years old man Bernhard Goetz and started to extort money from him. In response the man took his handgun and began to pick them off. Later the public supported Goetz and even called him a “real citizen”. By the way, all the teenagers survived, but one of them suffered brain damage.