The Clown Prince of Crime is crowned.
- The scene where Arthur blatantly calls Randall out for giving him the gun that got him fired, in front of all of their coworkers. As he leaves the workplace, he turns around and says, "I forgot to punch out." before literally punching the punch clock right off the wall and laughing his ass off right after.
- Thomas Wayne showing himself a genuinely protective father by punching Arthur in the face hard over him harassing his son Bruce at their home, and making a believable promise he'll kill Arthur if he ever goes near Wayne Manor again.
: I don't need you to tell me lies. I know it seems strange, I don't mean to make you uncomfortable, I don't know why everyone is so rude, I don't know why you
are, I don't want anything from you! Maybe a little bit of warmth
, maybe a hug, Dad!
How about just a lil' bit of fucking decency?! WHAT IS IT with you people?! You say that stuff about my mother?!? Thomas
: (nods) She's crazy. Arthur
: (starts cackling) Thomas
: You think this is funny? Arthur
: Yea-ha-ha-ha-hah, Dad! It's me!
Your— (laughs again) (Thomas punches Arthur in the face so hard he almost breaks his nose, and storms off) Thomas
: Touch my son again and I'll fucking kill you.
- The scene where Arthur finally dons the Joker suit and makeup. When he makes his way down the stairs, he doesn't just walk, he dances down them, now fueled by his newfound confidence. Arthur is a new man now, and there's no going back. "Rock and Roll Part 2" a.k.a. the "Hey" song makes an all-too perfect tune for his reintroduction.
- After his little celebratory dance, the two cops from earlier spot him and proceed to chase him around the city. Once they get to the subway train filled with clown rioters, everything starts to work out in Arthur's favor and although still an Axe-Crazy Smug Snake at his core, in this scene, he starts to show shades of the Manipulative Bastard he will one day become. He swipes a clown mask from a random guy, who shoves him into another whose counterattack accidentally hits the one who shoved Arthur, sparking a huge fistfight that buys Arthur some time. When the cops attempt to brandish their guns to cow the crowd and possibly fire at Arthur, one of them ends up in a struggle with a rioter that ends with an accidental gunshot, prompting the entire clown mob to lunge at the duo and give them a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown. Victorious, Arthur walks right up to the downed cops and dances right in front of them, before leaving the station unscathed.
- Murray realizes he has a killer sitting next to him on his show on live TV with who knows how many potential victims including himself in the room, and he still manages to stay calm while he tries to interview him to find out what kind of man he's facing.
: Okay, so that's it, you're crazy. That's your defense for killing three young men?... Youre finished? I mean, theres so much self-pity, Arthur. You sound like you're making excuses for killing those young men. Not everybody, and I'll tell you this, not everyone is awful... You don't know the first thing about me, pal. Look what happened because of what you
did. What it led
to. There are riots out there. Two policemen are in critical condition, (Arthur laughs) and youre laughing, youre laughing
. Someone was killed today because of what you
- When Joker is taken into custody after Murray's murder, an ambulance suddenly crashes into the cop car, killing everyone in the vehicle but the Joker. The clown rioters riding the ambulance find his unconscious body, recognize him as their hero, and safely pull him out of the wreckage. When he finally comes to, Joker gets on his feet and is suddenly greeted by an enormous crowd of clown masks, who cheer victoriously for their new icon. Now embracing his new, permanent identity as Joker, Arthur uses his own blood to refresh his clown smile even larger, forming a bloody rictus grin. He then turns to his loving followers and stands triumphant. It's pretty much an Awesome Moment of Crowning for the Icon of Rebellion he has unwittingly become. Arthur finally got what he wanted: respect, attention, and a sea of smiles. And he couldn't be any happier.
- Arthur killing the Wall Street assholes in self-defense. The first two anyways but it doesn't make the last death any less satisfying after he willingly beat a man to the ground simply for laughing.
- The death of Thomas Wayne here is pretty satisfying considering how much of a jerk he is to the populace of Gotham City.
- This version of the Joker does what his counterpart from The Dark Knight couldn't; he made Gotham fall into madness. And he didn't even plan any of it.
- At the end, we get the iconic shot of young Bruce standing over his parents' bodies. Gotham City may be in chaos for now, but in due time, he'll step in to set things right, once and for all.
- Made even cooler by the fact that the scene of Bruce's parents getting killed is shot for shot from another movie.
- The Joker's rant to Murray just before he shoots him in the head. The murder itself is clearly Disproportionate Retribution, but he's definitely not wrong about the way society treats mentally ill people, which makes the rant satisfying to watch.
- This whole scene, from Joker's Black Comedy, him shooting Murray dead and then shooting his corpse again for good measure, and his total nonchalant reaction to the crowds screaming in panic, manages to encapsulate the character of the Joker perfectly — he's both hilarious and terrifying. This incarnation isn't mostly funny like Batman (1989) 's Joker, nor is it flatout terrifying like The Dark Knight 's Joker. This clown hits the perfect balance between the two and, just in that way alone, becomes a very accurate depiction of the character.
- An Off Screen Moment Of Awesome: The police somehow managed to end the riot and arrest Arthur. Considering how chaotic things were getting, that's quite an achievement.
- Joaquin Phoenix and his interpretation of the iconic Joker laugh, based off of recordings of real-life individuals who suffered from pathological laughter. Appropriately, it comes off as someone who has a serious mental problem as opposed to just an infamous trademark of a comic supervillain, which makes it even scarier yet accurate.
- And when Arthur completely surrenders his mind to the Joker, he stops laughing against his will. Apart from the chuckle he has during the train riot and after killing Murray, this is the first time Arthur is genuinely cackling — and is last seen running from orderlies in Arkham's hallways. Never before was a full descent into madness so satisfying to watch.
- Hell, Joaquin Phoenixs entire Oscar-winning performance as Arthur Fleck was utterly enthralling from start to finish.
- It should also be noted that thanks to this performance, the Joker is now only the second character who two different actors won Oscars for playing after Vito Corleone stood alone with the distinction for almost half a century.
- Hildur Guðnadóttirs hauntingly beautiful, Oscar-winning score.
- The movie broke the record held by The Dark Knight for most nominations for a comic book film at the Academy Awards, with 11 nominations including Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay for Phillips, Best Actor for Phoenix, and, yes, even Best Picture, making it the first DC film to be nominated for the award, and the second comic book movie overall after Black Panther.
- And it ended up winning for Best Actor and Best Original Score.
- It's also the very first R-rated film to gross 1 billion dollars, demolishing many of box office records set by Deadpool.
- Looks like despite all the pre-release controversy, Joker had the last laugh after all.