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“Creepy, disturbing, terrifying, chilling and fascinating. Once you hear Joaquin Phoenix’s sinister laugh, it keeps playing in your mind over and over,” Twitter user @FilmstoFilms_ stated.
As the recalibrated origin story for Batman’s most notorious supervillain foil, the pitch-black Todd Phillips-directed picture itself contains little, straightforward comedy. Joker took in $93.5 million in its opening weekend in the U.S., destroying previous projections–and Venom’s previous box office record of $80.25 million. Despite its Vantablack tone and understandable R-rating, nothing has stopped the jokes from flying around on social media.
One recent meme replaces the trailer’s music with the theme from Evangelion, a notable Japanese mecha anime series.
Just heard someone say Joker is Evangelion for incels and now I can't breathe— T.K. of AAK! (@AskAKorean) October 8, 2019
However, that requires supplementary knowledge. The best meme includes dubbing other famous laughs over Phoenix’s, which is the result of a neurological condition antihero Arthur Fleck has.
It’s become a never-ending treasure trove of laughter.
From Seth Rogen and Kawhi Leonard’s meme-able laugh to Samuel L. Jackson and even Nicki Minaj’s, you can now watch Phoenix’s Joker laugh like a multitude of celebrities, which is something you probably didn’t know you needed.
the joker but he laugh’s like anime girl pic.twitter.com/8hrFx4M2Pi— ☾ (@veenuswrld) October 8, 2019
Joker with Kawhi’s laugh? Here ya go pic.twitter.com/A9czXrqlOS— Dylan (@Dylangonzalez21) October 9, 2019
The Joker except with Light Yagami's laugh pic.twitter.com/wtWZob0ISr— お金 (@HiroshimanTrap) October 8, 2019
the joker but he laughs like nicki minaj pic.twitter.com/Pr5A4ORcZU— gina (@chalameche) October 8, 2019
the joker but he laughs like samuel l. jackson pic.twitter.com/v0F3gZCl4R— 𝙠𝙞𝙖𝙣𝙖 (@NE0SMATRIX) October 8, 2019
The joker but he laughs like Peter Griffin pic.twitter.com/dyX5RvaEEb— Radja Afif (@RadjaAfifKedah) October 8, 2019
Eddie Murphy pic.twitter.com/vzdpKSTRu9— Brian Cowley (@brian_c_cowley) October 9, 2019
This is the dark horse for best of the lot, likely to get the most mileage if you know anything about Spice Adams.
The Joker but he laughs like Spice Adams pic.twitter.com/YzqWDVnL2c— The Expert Amateurs (@expertamateurs) October 8, 2019
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Kahron Spearman is a music and film critic whose work can also regularly be regularly found in the Austin Chronicle.