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‘Joker’ script is now available to read in full online

Todd Phillips and Scott Silver have also shared a declaration of the film's intentions

The script for Joker is now available to read in full online.

Todd Phillips’ record-breaking origin story, starring Joaquin Phoenix, came to cinemas last month.

The script, available to read in full here, begins with a declaration of the film’s intentions from director Todd Phillips and Scott Silver, who he co-wrote the film’s screenplay with.

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“This story takes place in its own universe,” the statement begins.

“It has no connection to any of the DC films that have come before it. We see it as a classic Warner Bros. movie. Gritty, intimate and oddly funny, the characters live in the real world and the stakes are personal.

It continues: “Although it is never mentioned in the film, this story takes place in the past. Let’s call it 1981. It’s a troubled time. The crime rate in Gotham is at record highs. A garbage strike has crippled the city for the past six weeks. And the divide between the “haves” and the “have-nots” is palpable. Dreams are beyond reach, slipping into delusions. TP/SS”

Yesterday (November 18) it was revealed that US President Donald Trump reportedly screened Joker at the White House, and was apparently a fan of the movie.

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Joker recently became the most profitable comic book movie ever as well as highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time.

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