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Did Media's War on 'Joker,' Todd Phillips Backfire?

Did Media's War on 'Joker,' Todd Phillips Backfire?
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Just a few weeks ago the media world couldn't wait for 'Joker' to hit theaters. The film promised a gritty twist on the superhero genre, stripping the CGI and PG:13 yuks from the formula. Trailers showing Joaquin Phoenix's take on the iconic character mesmerized movie fans. And a crush of early reviews suggested the movie had Oscar bait stamped all over it. Now? Reporters are obsessed with the film's potential for real-world violence. Critics are savaging the movie from numerous fronts above and beyond its quality or entertainment value. Vice published a wildly imbalanced hit piece suggesting 'Joker' is 'terrible.'

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