Joker Director Confirms if Zazie Beetz's Sophie Character Lived or Died
I remember watching Joker for the first time with my wife and a couple of buddies. Though most of us really enjoyed the film, there was one scene that we could not stop talking about. Nearing the third act of the film, we see an unhinged Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix) race to his "girlfriend's" apartment after suffocating his sick mom in the hospital. I know... dark. It is in this scene where Sophie (Zazie Beetz) comes out of her daughters bedroom to be extremely frightened to see Arthur sitting in her living room. It is in this scene the audience also realizes Arthur Fleck had imagined his entire romantic relationship with Sophie since we first see them quickly meet at the beginning of the film. Sophie, fearful of her and her daughter's life, asks Arthur to leave, leading to Arthur looking more upset. The last we see of Sophie's character is at the end of this scene when Arthur points a finger gun to his head as she pleads with him to leave her apartment. We never see what happens to Sophie. We just watch as Arthur leaves her apartment laughing, and hear police sirens in the background.
So what happened to Sophie? Well, in an interview with IndieWire, Todd Phillips (The director of Joker) said this regarding Beetz's character,
“As the filmmaker and the writer I am saying he doesn’t kill her. Most people that I've spoken to think he didn't kill her because they understand the idea that he only kills people that did him wrong. She had nothing to do with it. Most people understood that, even as a villain, he was living by a certain code. Of course he didn’t kill this woman down the hall."
He also revealed that a deleted scene would have shown Sophie watching Arthur’s interview with Murray Franklin (Robert DeNiro) play out on television. Given that the interview takes place days after Arthur surprised Sophie in her apartment, this means that Beetz’s character did not meet an untimely end (Al-Ghamdi).
So, there ya go folks! If any of you were still worried that Arthur killed sweet, innocent Sophie and her little daughter, there is no need to worry anymore!
- Jacob Lacy