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Joker

a man standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera

Warner Bros.

2019 Academy Award nominated movie Joker is a psychological thriller reimagining the classic character and providing an alternate origin story. With a majority of the filming taking place in New York City, the film features many recognizable locations across multiple NYC boroughs, including the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Manhattan. While our tour remains in Manhattan, you can see other comic book movie locations on The Super Tour of NYC.

Joker stars Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck, a part-time party clown and aspiring stand-up comedian that lives with his mother in Gotham City. The fictional city of Gotham is reminiscent of 1980s New York City, shown in a gritty and dark light as the audience follows Arthur’s descent into madness. 

The film received numerous accolades, with a leading 11 Academy Award nominations and 2 wins, Phoenix for Best Actor and Best Original Score for Hildur Guðnadóttir. Phoenix and Guðnadóttir also received these awards at the 2019 Golden Globes and British Academy Film Awards. 

 

  • Brooklyn Army Terminal: This large warehouse complex in Brooklyn serves as the exterior for Arkham Asylum, as we see Arthur walk toward it’s arches
  • Metropolitan Hospital: Located in East Harlem, this hospital was used for interior shots of Arkham Asylum, with multiple scenes showing Arthur moving through the halls
  • Bronx Staircase: In one of the most recognizable scenes from the movie, we see Joker on a steep staircase dancing in triumph. Just north of the Grand Concourse this scene is shot between Jerome and Anderson avenues at 167th Street. 
  • Triborough Bridge: In one scene, Arthur makes funny faces at a child on a bus as they travel over the Robert F. Kennedy (Triborough Bridge), crossing the Harlem River.
  • 9th Avenue Abandoned Subway Station: Filmmakers emphasized the gritty, graffiti-ridden New York City subway system by filming in an abandoned subway station that has not been used since 1975. 
  • Manhattan Bridge Underpass: In a scene from the teaser trailer, Joker runs through a tunnel under the Manhattan Bridge located at 199 Cherry Street on the Lower East Side.
  • Chinatown: Arthur and his neighbor Sophie walk through Chinatown, with some additions of vintage cars to remain faithful to the time period

 

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