Beware: this article contains a minor Joker spoiler.
Released in cinemas last week, it’s been confirmed that Joker has a lighthearted Easter egg planted deep within its intense character study.
Starring two-time Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck, the DC crime movie has initiated strong debate around its depiction of mental illness and violence, but director Todd Phillips still found time to sneak in a nod to the 1960s Batman TV series.
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During the scene where Arthur skulks up to Wayne Manor, he grabs the attention of a young Bruce Wayne playing in his treehouse (a billionaire’s version of one, anyway), but you may have missed the Easter egg that soon follows.
According to Phillips and editor Jeff Groth, the pole Bruce slides down is in fact a reference to the Batpoles that Adam West’s caped crusader and Burt Ward’s Dick Grayson used before heading out to fight crime (via IGN).
In the classic series, Bruce or Dick would press a switch hidden inside a bust of William Shakespeare that would open a secret entrance to the Batcave behind the bookcase.
Two Batpoles (fireman’s poles to you and me) awaited, which would transport them both down into the Batcave, and when they were done battling villains, they could use the poles to lift them back up into Wayne Manor.
This Bruce is a little young for all that, though.
Joker is in cinemas now.
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