There is some merit in that argument, especially since unlike Christopher Nolan who draws a clear line between the good and the evil in his Dark Knight films, Todd Phillips leaves that line blurry.
If you come into ‘Joker’ with the same set of expectations that you carry with other comic book films, then you must brace yourself for a massive surprise.
In so many ways, ‘Joker’ is actually an anti-comic book film.
‘Joker’ is as much Joaquin Phoenix’s film as it is Todd Phillips’.
Phoenix’s Joker is extremely complex and because the film is an origin story, there’s so much more to delve into and explore for an actor.
There’s a high likelihood that people who are way too much into superhero films will find the proceedings in Joker too slow or boring.
There’s so much to like in the film apart from Phoenix’s performance: the soaring background score, the blue-tinted cinematography, the 70s art direction.