The Joaquin Phoenix Joker is finally here following weeks of hand-wringing from critics, pundits, and those members of the press lucky enough to have seen early screenings of the new Todd Phillips directed Warner Brothers film.

But the shadow that has loomed largest over Joker, after it took home best film at the Venice Film Festival, were the endless thinkpieces decrying the film as some sort of tacit endorsement and violence of alienated loners. Putting aside that the film does a better job dissecting these pathologies, and works in pretty damning critiques of late-stage capitalism, society's obsession with fame, and income inequality, Joker was labeled as a dangerous corollary to the recent mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas earlier this year.