Will ‘Joker’ Finally Kill Hollywood’s Awards Bias Against Comic-Book Movies?

With “Jok­er’s” stun­ning 11 Oscar nom­i­na­tions — the most of any film this year — direc­tor Todd Phillips ’ grit­ty reimag­in­ing of the Bat­man vil­lain has fol­lowed in “Black Pan­ther’s” his­toric foot­steps and tak­en a mas­sive thwack at the iron­clad con­ven­tion­al wis­dom that com­ic-book movies can­not be major awards sea­son contenders.