One of the most talked-about, and controversial, films of 2019, the psychological thriller Joker hits theaters today, introducing moviegoers to the origin story of the infamous supervillain. Set in 1981 in Gotham City, the film follows Arthur Fleck, a failed stand-up comedian who resorts to a life of crime, hence his transformation into the Joker. The standalone film stars Joaquin Phoenix as the titular character, a performance that’s already earning talk of his fourth Oscar nomination. In a Los Angeles Times film review, critic Justin Chang writes: “It’s a raw, festering wound of a performance that flirts with virtuosity and redundancy alike.”
To mark the film’s release, BU Today posted a trivia contest this morning. When the contest closed at 1 pm, the names of those who answered all the questions correctly were entered in a random drawing for two tickets to a screening tonight, Friday, October 4, at AMC Loews Boston Common 19 at 7:30 pm.
The winner is: Isabella Claure (ENG’23).
The questions and correct answers to our quiz are below. Thanks for entering.
1. Joker premiered at which well-known film festival?
Venice International Film Festival
2. Which BU alum and noted comedian appears in a supporting role?
Marc Maron (CAS’86)
3. In the original DC comics, what incident causes the Joker’s appearance and leads to his insanity?
He falls into a tank of chemical waste.
4. What is the Joker’s alias in the comics?
5. In Joaquin Phoenix’s 2010 mockumentary I’m Still Here, he fakes retiring from acting to pursue a career as what?
A rap/hip-hop artist
6. Robert De Niro cofounded which prominent American film festival known for showcasing independent films?
The Tribeca Film Festival
7. Actor Brett Cullen plays Thomas Wayne, a billionaire philanthropist and Gotham mayoral candidate. Who was originally cast in the role but dropped out two days later?
8. Director Todd Phillips pitched the idea for Joker to Warner Bros. following the premiere of which of his films?
9. The Joker first appeared on screen in the 1966 television series and subsequent film, Batman. Which actor portrayed the villain?
10. Phillips previously directed the comedy trilogy The Hangover. Which star from that series signed on as a producer on Joker?
Watch the trailer for Joker here.