The anti-Joker takes have fared very poorly.
“For a while, it seemed like Avengers: Endgame and the MCU were poised to completely dominate the cinematic landscape this year — at least as far as comic franchises were concerned. That changed this October, when Joaquin Phoenix’s Clown Prince of Crime danced down those now-iconic stairs, and demanded a place in box office history. Now, Joker isn’t just one of the most successful films of the year — it’s the most profitable comic book film of all time.
It was previously reported that Joker was on track to match Avengers: Infinity War’s overall profit. And Forbes confirmed that as of Friday, November 8, Joker will have grossed more than a $304.2 million in North America, and a staggering $957 million worldwide. Against a $62.5 million budget, that gives the Batman villain’s origin story an edge over films like The Mask, Venom, Aquaman, and even the Joker’s nemesis Batman. And the film hasn’t even finished its theatrical run.
Joker has been racking up records since its debut, posting the biggest opening weekend for a film in October, and quickly surpassing Deadpool to become the highest grossing R-rated film of all time. They’re staggering accomplishments for any film, but especially one with subject matter that doesn’t necessarily have family-friendly appeal. Before it hit theaters, Joker stirred controversy and debate due to its dark tone and unflinching violence. It’s divided critics and audiences, who either view it as an unnecessarily dark contribution to the DC canon, or an important film that elevates the entire comic book genre. …”
In hindsight, the effect of Joker was even worse than the critics of the movie feared. It didn’t inspire a mass shooting. It struck a chord and changed the culture though.
It was a huge shot of energy into the Dissident Right which had been in a funk since Charlottesville. Things haven’t been the same for Charlie Cuck and Conservatism, Inc. since the movie. The Joker Effect has emboldened their critics like never before.
It’s like a critical mass of people started to realize in October that they don’t care anymore. They don’t want to go on living like this anymore in Clown World.