Joker director Todd Phillips has said that he was “not prepared” for the controversy that followed the film’s release.
Upon Joker‘s release last October, the film was criticised for its potentially dangerous impact on young viewers, and was even strongly accused of being “dangerous, irresponsible and morally bankrupt”.
Phillips himself was also called out by victims of a shooting in the US for condoning the violence showing in the film.
Speaking to Empire, Phillips dismissed the criticism as “baffling”.
Asked if he was expecting such a level of criticism, Phillips said: “I was not prepared, quite frankly.
“I was taken aback by people talking about the level of violence in the movie as if it was irresponsible, when to Joaquin [Phoenix] and me, it had felt like the most responsible portrayal of violence I’d seen in a long time in movies.”