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If You Managed To Spot An Easter Egg In 'Joker' It Was A Mistake

Or it was the art department trolling...

We live in the age of films being made from stories based on comic books and their characters, and because of the seemingly endless source material, most of these films will include subtle Easter eggs in the background – but, sadly, Joker doesn’t.

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Director Todd Phillips spoke with Collider, revealing why you won’t find any subtle in-jokes or references to the wider DC universe in his film, because he’s just not interested in them.

“I don’t do Easter eggs. Any Easter eggs anybody finds is a mistake. I don’t understand,” he said.

Star of the film Joaquin Phoenix then jumped in, “I was saying to the last press, they asked me this thing about the clock and 11:11 and I said, ‘Paul is dead.’ And he was like, ‘What?’ I said, ‘Paul is dead. He’s like, ‘I don’t know.’ And the other guy that was like my age was like, ‘It’s a Beatles reference, dude.’ It’s these f***ing 22-year-old kids, they don’t know ‘Paul is dead.’

“I go, ‘You see what you want to see, you hear what you want to hear.’ Everybody thought it said ‘Paul is dead’ backwards and s**t,” he added.

Phillips added, “But that 11:11 is not an Easter egg to me.”

The clocks in the film being set to 11:11 had fans theorising that the film was set in Bizarro World (a world where everything is the opposite to Earth in some kind of way) and Arthur Fleck would actually end up becoming Batzarro (AKA Wayne Bruce, a super villain from Bizarro World).

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The whole “Paul is dead” thing is in reference to the infamous urban legend that Beatles star Paul McCartney died in a car crash and was replaced by a lookalike before the release of Revolver.

The albums that followed reportedly contain ‘clues’ to suggest Paul’s dead – for instance, if McCartney was the only one not wearing shoes while walking down Abbey Road, he must be dead.

However, if it wasn’t already obvious enough, Phillips and Phoenix want their work to be completely separate to the DC universe, except for the obvious connections like Arthur and Bruce Wayne.

If you did manage to find an Easter Egg, Phillips swears it’s the “art department sneaking something in that would make me crazy if I knew about it.”

Phoenix then joked, “There’s a Wonder Woman Easter egg in there, but you probably didn’t catch it.”

But he’s got to be trolling, surely?!

Thankfully, Convicted Sex Offender Gary Glitter Won't Earn A Cent From 'Joker' Using His Song

"We’ve had no contact with him.”

Convicted sex offender Gary Glitter, 75, won’t earn a cent in royalties following the use of the song ‘Rock n’ Roll Part 2′ in Joker starring Joaquin Phoenix.

There has been no shortage of controversy surrounding the Todd Phillips film and many fans were left outraged when they realised that Glitter, real name Paul Francis Gadd, would likely profit a lot from the use of the song in the film.

Gadd was arrested in 1997 and convicted in 1999 after pornographic images of children were found on the hard drive of his laptop and in his home. In 2006, he was jailed in Vietnam for molesting two girls aged 11 and 12. He was released in 2008 and was deported back to the UK and placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register.

In 2015, he was found guilty of attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault and one of having sex with a girl under 13 according to the BBC. He is currently serving a 16-year prison sentence.

The Sun reported last week, “[Glitter] will receive a lump sum for letting the recording be used and royalties will be paid based on how well the film does in cinemas, plus DVD sales and sales of the film’s soundtrack.”

The song plays for two minutes in Joker as Phoenix’s Arthur Fleck fully transforms into the villain while dancing down a long flight of steps.

Phillips, music supervisor Randall Poster, nor the people at Warner Brothers have responded to requests for comment about the song’s inclusion, however, the Los Angeles Times has now revealed that Glitter won’t earn a single cent from the movie.

The publication reports that Glitter sold away all his rights to the recording and publishing of ‘Rock n’ Roll Part 2′ as well as his other songs more than two decades ago to Snapper Music, a London-based label.

A spokesperson told them, “Gary Glitter does not get paid… We’ve had no contact with him.”

The song has also appeared in Meet the Fockers, Boyhood, South Park, The Office and Happy Gilmore.

They explained that filmmakers and TV showrunners “generally come to us”, adding, “We don’t promote it at all.”

In the US, the rights to the song belong to Universal Music Publishing Group, a representative from Universal told the publication, “Gary Glitter’s publishing interest in the copyright of his songs is owned by UMPG and other parties, therefore UMPG does not pay him any royalties or other considerations.”

According to the publication, the song earns $250,000 in royalties every year, and Joker likely paid between $100,000 and $200,000 to use it.

Thankfully, we now know that not one cent of that will go to Glitter himself.

Jared Leto Apparently Didn't Respond Well At All When Told Of Joaquin Phoenix's 'Joker'

TBH, we don't blame him.

Suicide Squad star Jared Leto reportedly didn’t respond all that well when he found out about losing the role of the Joker to Joaquin Phoenix.

The Oscar-winning actor portrayed the Clown Prince of Crime once in 2016 and the news that Phoenix would play the role in a standalone film was a very unpleasant surprise for the star.

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According to THR, Leto felt “alienated and upset” when former Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara and Toby Emmerich greenlit Todd Phillips’ standalone Joker filmwhich isn’t actually part of the DCEU.

While this is just a rumour – Leto hasn’t released a statement about how he felt – it would be understandable if that’s how the actor did feel at the time.

In 2017, when Joker was first coming together, and before Phoenix was officially cast, Leto was allegedly caught off guard as he was meant to reprise the character for both a Suicide Squad sequel and a spinoff movie with Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn.

THR reported at the time, “Leto is said to have made his displeasure with the notion of multiple Jokers known to his CAA agents.”

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He later told ODE he was “confused” by what was going on with his character.

“I’m a little confused too, so, there are a couple of things happening in the DC world… It’s a big universe and, you know, when you play the Joker, there’s no ownership there.

“You know you just have the honour of holding the baton for a little while and then passing it off. But there are other films in development and I’m excited to see what comes from them.”

Honestly, we can’t really blame him for feeling that way, especially when we know that a lot of his own Joker performance ended up on the cutting room floor so audiences didn’t really see the full picture of what he brought to the character, which wasn’t his fault.

Leto doesn’t make an appearance in James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad and won’t be in Birds of Prey with Harley Quinn either, so his future as the Joker is up in the air.

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He’s previously told Variety, “I would definitely play the Joker again. It all depends on the script and the circumstances, as it always does.”

Until then, Leto has crossed over to the Marvel side to work on Sony’s Morbius film which will see him star as the anti-hero Morbius the Living Vampire.

Morbius hits cinemas July, 2020.

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