"Joker", the award-winning comic book movie, starring Joaquin Phoenix as 'Arthur Fleck', based on the DC Comics villain, has unexpectedly earned over $1 billion at the worldwide box office:
"...in 1981, party clown and aspiring stand-up comedian 'Arthur Fleck' lives with his mother, 'Penny', in 'Gotham City'. Gotham's class society is rife with crime and unemployment, leaving segments of the population disenfranchised and impoverished.
"Arthur suffers from a medical disorder that causes him to laugh at inappropriate times, and depends on social services for medication.
"After a gang of delinquents attacks Arthur in an alley, his co-worker, 'Randall', gives him a gun for protection. Arthur meets his neighbor, single mother 'Sophie Dumond' and invites her to his upcoming stand-up comedy show at a nightclub.
"While entertaining at a children's hospital, Arthur's gun falls out of his pocket and he is fired. On the subway, still in his clown makeup, Arthur is beaten by three drunken 'Wayne Enterprises' businessmen who were harassing a female passenger.
"Arthur shoots two in self-defense and executes the third. The murders are condemned by billionaire mayoral candidate 'Thomas Wayne', who labels those envious of more successful people "clowns".
"Then demonstrations against Gotham's rich begin, with protesters donning clown masks in Arthur's image..."
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