The original ending to “Joker” would likely have left moviegoers even more disturbed than the finished product.
“Jay and Silent Bob Reboot” director Kevin Smith recently appeared on the Fatman Beyond podcast and revealed he had learned of Todd Phillips’ original ending for “Joker”. For those who have yet to see “Joker”, the following will touch on spoilers.
Two big things happen at the end of “Joker”: Bruce Wayne’s parents are shot and killed by a rioter, similar to their fates in other retellings of Batman lore, and Arthur Fleck (The Joker) later winds up in a psychiatric facility.
What’s so funny?” a psychiatrist asks Fleck. He responds, “I was just thinking of something funny,” Joker says before killing the psychiatrist and escaping the medical facility. Here is where the movie was originally supposed to take a much grimmer turn — if you can believe that.
“What was supposed to happen was you flashed back to the death of Thomas and Martha Wayne and it was him [Joker] killing Thomas and Martha Wayne and the boy was screaming and crying and he turned to walk away and he turned back, shrugged, and shot the kid. Credits,” said Smith.
“What the f*ck, man?” Smith concluded. This world has no Batman.”