Happy now? Everyone is talking about ‘Joker’

Joaquin Phoenix stars in 'Joker.' Niko Tavernise/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — There may be no such thing as bad publicity, but the spotlight on "Joker" is testing the limits of that old cliche. The origin story about the classic Batman villain has inspired pieces both in defense of and against the movie. It's been hailed as the thing that's going to finally get Joaquin Phoenix an Oscar and also decried for being "dangerous," ''irresponsible" and even "incel-friendly." Last week, some parents of victims of the 2012 Aurora movie theater shooting even wrote to the Warner Bros. CEO asking for support for anti-gun causes. The studio issued a statement in response saying that the film is not "an endorsement of real-world violence of any kind." In his 80 years as part of the culture, the Joker has always had a way of ge
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