Behind-the-scenes images from Joker reveal a reference to another iconic Batman villain 9 months ago

Behind-the-scenes images from Joker reveal a reference to another iconic Batman villain

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Martin Scorsese also finally talks about why, after four years, he decided not to get involved with the movie.

A month on from its release and Joker is still going strong as the most-talked-about movie of the moment.

Be it the fact that the $55 million production is about to close in on a billion dollars worldwide, or the fact that while both Joaquin Phoenix and writer/director Todd Phillips said this would be a one-and-done but have since revealed conversations about a potential sequel have already taken place, new topics are still springing up on an almost daily basis.

For example, Martin Scorsese (famously not a fan of comic book movies) was originally pencilled in as a producer on the movie (and, at one point, rumoured to be the director), but eventually, after four years of circling, decided against being involved in the project.

Scorsese told the BBC: "I know the film very well. I know [director Todd Phillips] very well. My producer Emma Tillinger Koskoff produced it. I thought about it a lot over the last four years and decided I did not have the time for it. It was personal reasons why I didn’t get involved. But I know the script very well. It has a real energy and Joaquin. You have remarkable work."

Obviously things worked out okay for Scorsese, who went on to make The Irishman instead (our review is here), which is probably the second most-talked-about movie of the year.

Interesting factoid: Joker does have a different, very famous producer on board - Bradley Cooper.

Meanwhile, director Todd Phillips took to Instagram to show some behind-the-scenes images, stating: "Some more random BTS pics from the movie. This first one was from our makeup test before we started shooting. I have LOTS more and will post soon as people seem to be digging them. #Joker is everywhere. (Again, thanks for ALL the messages. Very touching)."

But if you go through them there, and get to image number eight...


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That... is Catwoman, right?

It was a woman, on a cat and then beside that, a half-cat, half-woman.

Phillips previously told Collider: "I don't do Easter eggs. Any Easter eggs anybody finds is a mistake," but this image seems too on-the-nose to be anything but a very strong reference to a very famous Batman character.

With the recent announcement that Zoe Kravitz would be playing Catwoman opposite Robert Pattinson as The Batman for 2021's blockbuster, expect fans' eyes to remain peeled over the next two years searching for every extra hint, clue and Easter Egg they can find until then.

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