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David Fincher thinks Joker was a betrayal of the mentally ill

Like it or not, David Fincher is one of the best filmmakers of the time, so his statements will always be controversial in relation to the seventh art. 

Although the director was without projects for a long time, he recently spoke out and explained that he does not think he will do a third season of Mindhunter , the Netflix series that followed the story of two FBI agents in the 1980s. 

Now, David Fincher has put himself in the spotlight, as he is working on Mank , an ambitious film that takes us to old Hollywood and that could be the favorite of the previously mentioned streaming service for the Oscar. 

But not only that, the press is talking about the filmmaker, but recently, he made strong statements about Joker , the film that was starred by Joaquin Phoenix and directed by Todd Philips . 

In an interview with the British medium The Telegraph , he spoke about his next feature film, but also took the opportunity to criticize the film of one of the most iconic and controversial villains of all time.

“No one would have thought I had a chance for a huge hit with Joker if The Dark Knight hadn’t been as massive as it was,” he explained. Later, he described it as a mix of two Martin Scorsese classics . “I don’t think anyone would have looked at that stuff and thought: yeah, let’s take Travis Bickle ( Taxi Driver ) and Rubert Pupkin ( The King of Comedy ) and mix them up, then catch them in a betrayal of the mentally ill and get that’s for a billion dollars, ”concluded Fincher . 

It’s not the first time someone has said this about Joker , as even Todd Philips repeatedly stated that he had taken a lot of references from Scorsese’s classics . 

It seems that David Fincher is very upset with the decisions that the studios have made recently, since he considers that the only objective is to generate the largest box office possible without paying attention to the quality of the projects. 

The filmmaker is probably right; in fact, Joker became the highest-grossing adult-rated movie ever and Warner even offered him 50 million from Joaquin Phoenix for two sequels . 

However, Joker has a very extensive fan base, so it would be difficult for the studio to make the decision to take advantage of it. 

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