‘Joker’ Wins Venice. Can We Say Comic Book Films Are Art Now?

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Todd Phillips’ “Joker” took home the top prize in Venice. What does it mean for comic book movies and TV moving forward?

We’re inside what we thought was a comic book bubble. After the success of the Toby Maguire Spider-Man movies as well as the Marvel universe, comic intellectual property was at an all-time high.

Everyone thought it was a bubble, but we’re almost twenty years in and instead of bursting, it feels like we’re actually pivoting into something more unprecedented.

Today, I want to go over new embrace of pop culture properties and figure out how the Joker’s win at the Venice Film Festival marks a new phase in the acceptance of these kinds of films.

Joker Wins Venice. Can We Say Comic Book Films Are Art Now?

The Gold Lion is the top prize at the Venice Film Festival…movies like Brokeback Mountain, Rashomon, and The Wrestler have taken home the top prize in the past.

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