Popular opinion is not to blame movies for people’s actions.
Last Halloween, the normally festive atmosphere of Tokyo turned dark when a 24-year-old man stabbed a random passenger in the chest and started fires inside the cars. In the aftermath, the attacker told police he intended to kill so that he himself would get the death penalty, adding “I wanted to be like the Joker.”
Although the Batman villain has appeared in countless books, TV shows, and movies, reports say the attacker was referring specifically to Joaquin Phoenix’s Oscar-winning role in the 2019 film Joker. Normally, high-grossing and