Joker may be one of the best and most-talked about films of 2019 but it seemingly can’t escape controversy at the moment.

It’s safe to say that 2019’s Joaquin Phoenix-starring Joker has become one of the most controversial films of the year. 

As well as having itself accused of being too scary by some audience members and too violent by others, Joker has also come under fire for its use of a song by Gary Glitter in one of the film’s most pivotal scenes.

The song in question is Glitter’s Rock & Roll Part 2 and it plays at the moment when the troubled Arthur Fleck embraces his role as the Joker and we see him dancing down the Gotham step street to the song.

It’s a brilliant moment in the film but the use of the song has come under severe criticism with Warner Bros. big-wigs supposedly considering replacing the song for Joker’s DVD and Blu-Ray release.  

Joker: One of 2019’s biggest films

Thanks to the several missed steps in DC’s extended universe, few were on board when it was announced that Batman’s arch-villain, the Joker, would be getting his own origins story.

However, since its release, Joker has proved to be a complete shock to the system and has flipped the comic book movie genre on its head.

Not only has it inspired huge amounts of controversy and debate but it’s becoming the highest-grossing film to release in October in the process, wiping the floor with previous records for the month.

Rumoured changes to DVD release

Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker has been no stranger to controversy. 

There have been countless stories about the film being too scary or inciting violence but one that seems to be driving most of the controversy at the moment is the use of a song by Gary Glitter.

The song in question is Rock & Roll Part 2 which plays when Arthur Fleck finally becomes the Joker and is seen dancing to the song down the iconic step street in the film.

However, its use has received a lot of criticism due to its creator, Gary Glitter, as he’s a convicted paedophile who is currently serving jail time for his offences. 

As a result, there have been a number of reports from outlets such as Joe and the New York Post that suggest that high-ups are Warner Bros. don’t approve of the song’s inclusion and would like it removed from the film for its DVD and home release. 

Five songs that could replace Gary Glitter’s Rock & Roll Part 2

While we disagree with the tampering of a film post-release, especially when the song itself fits in so well with the scene in question, we have taken a look, or listen rather, at some of the songs that could potentially replace Rock & Roll Part 2 if the song was indeed removed from the film for home releases. 

Red Right Hand – Iggy Pop and Jarvis Cocker

This song fits perfectly with the scene as it brings a solid beat in similar style to Rock & Roll Part 2. However, it would make the scene in question an angrier affair which is in keeping with the storyline in Joker.

Queen Bitch – David Bowie

While this Bowie classic is much more upbeat, it is very much one to dance along to and it’s quite easy to picture Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker splash around in puddles to this track.

Rasputin – Boney M.

While the chorus of this song is a bit much for the scene in question, the intro of Boney M’s Rasputin could be the perfect fit. With plenty of clapping and drumming to open the song, it fits wonderfully with the splashing down the stairs we see from Joaquin Phoenix.

Hello There – Cheap Trick

Cheap Trick’s Hello There is arguably the most fitting song on this list. The title in itself is the perfect way to welcome in Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker. While the song is rather fast-past compared to Rock & Roll Part 2 it does match the euphoric feelings going through Arthur as he becomes the Joker.

Lust for Life – Iggy Pop

And finally, we end with another Iggy Pop song in the form of Lust for Life. In similar fashion to the previous song, the lyrics of the song fit perfectly as Arthur discovers a newfound lust for life when he takes on the role of the Joker, plus the song is very much one to dance down some steps to.

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