**WARNING: This article contains Joker spoilers.**
Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck, closes with Gotham descending into chaos and the Joker being revered by those rising up against the rich and powerful.
Speculation has been rife that the events of the movie aren’t in fact real, with some noting how Joker, as he’s being borne away from shooting talk show host Murray Franklin (played by Robert Di Niro) miraculously survives a serious car crash when an ambulance, driven by rioters, ploughs into the police car.
In the film, viewers then watch as he is lifted out of the back of the vehicle by those who were driving the ambulance to be laid on the hood of the car and cheered by the growing crowd as he rises to his feet to receive their praise.
It comes to a close with Joker apparently back in an asylum being interviewed by a therapist.
The final scene shows him walking down the hallway away from the white room, leaving blood-soaked footprints in his wake before leading a member of hospital staff on a chase as he runs back and forth at the end of the corridor, looking to be trying to escape.
One fan has theorised that, while many have speculated the whole movie was in Joker’s head, it is actually simply yet to happen.
“In the Joker, there is a lot of speculation that ‘it was all a dream’ because at the end, he chuckles to himself, and there is confusion on how he survived the car crash,” maxaroni_and_cheese posted on Reddit. “I believe he laughed at the end because he planned it all out.
“The Joker is incredibly intelligent in most iterations, but this one is not,” they continued.
“So what if that was an act, and this is what he plans before leaving the hospital?
Joker movie: Joaquin Phoenix film fans have been theorising about the meaning (Image: DC •