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'The System's Broken' And 'Joker' Director Aimed To Explore That On Screen

Todd Phillips explores mental health and the lack of social services in his Batman villain origin story (of sorts). "The system's broken, and why not use a film to make a comment on that?" he says.

Joaquin Phoenix is Arthur Fleck, a party clown and aspiring stand-up comic who struggles with mental illness and turns violent in Joker. Niko Tavernise/Warner Bros. Entertainment hide caption

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'The System's Broken' And 'Joker' Director Aimed To Explore That On Screen

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