The Joker movie is now out in theaters, and is already a pop-culture icon, in just one week of release. Yes, it seems that this Halloween the streets will be filled with costumes based on Joaquin Phoenix's Arthur Fleck / Joker, while certain moments from the film will live on in memes and viral videos for years to come. Well, one aspect of Joker that you probably didn't expect to become a real-life development: that now-iconic stairwell that Arthur Fleck had to scale every day - and famously danced his way down in full Joker makeup - is now officially being listed as a religious site, according to Google Maps!
This isn't just an isolated cases, either. There's evidence that Google may be trying to alter these results, but we here at AnimeHeroShop.com managed to generate the same results in our own searches:
For context: Joker's staircase scenes were shot in the Highbridge section of The Bronx, NY, which is the geographical location shown in these Google Maps results. The staircase being renamed "The Joker Stairs" or "The Joker Stairway" may be the biggest claim to fame this area has, which begs the question: should Google even bother fighting this? The search engine company is well-known for riding trends in pop-culture, often changing their main Google.com search engine to reflect what's happening in the cultural limelight. This "Joker Staircase" seems like an easy (user-generated) pop-culture tie-in, one that could ultimately be good for New York City, as well.
NYC is already known for its wall-to-wall collection of famous film locales, and The Bronx is currently at the forefront of a major gentrification push. Highlighting famous modern film locales like these Joker stairs just seem like the right kind of forward-thinking.
Joker is now in theaters. Upcoming Movies of DC include Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) on February 7, 2020, Wonder Woman 1984 on June 5, 2020, The Batman on June 25, 2021, The Suicide Squad on August 6, 2021, and Aquaman 2 on December 16, 2020.