In the comments, one follower asked him about the film’s official MPAA rating. Phillips responded in a comment:
“It will be Rated R. I’ve been asked this a lot. Just assumed people knew. Sorry.”
What they’re saying: “Of course, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Joker was gunning for an R rating. After all, the teaser trailer that was released in April spurred plenty of jokes at its expense, but it was as creepy as it is silly,” according to Uproxx.
- “Honestly, many had already assumed that the movie would probably be R-rated based on the teaser trailer. Clearly Todd Phillips thought the same thing. But this is the first official confirmation we’ve gotten from the director himself,” according to SlashFilm.
- “This will be a change of pace for DC films as the only R-rated superhero films they've had are the animated movies that often don't get a theatrical release,” according to ScreenRant.
Flashback: The “Joker” trailer dropped back on April 3, showing Phoenix’s Arthur Fleck as a failed comedian who becomes a psychopathic killer named The Joker. The movie is somewhat of an origin story to the Batman comics.