Joker Director Confirms Film Won’t Follow Any Comic Book Material

Joker has only released one trailer (See it here), but it was enough to make the film one of the most anticipated projects of 2019. Stripping the legendary Batman villain of all his known layers, the new origin story will work to define itself on it’s own terms. Forget The Killing Joke or The Man Who Laughs or any other known comic book story that focused on the Clown Prince of Crime. Usually, comic book movies lately have worked to try and be accurate to their source material for fear of fans rebelling. Director Todd Phillips, who co-wrote the script with Scott Silver, is well aware of this possibility…and he’s quoted today in Empire Magazine as counting on it.

We didn’t follow anything from the comic books, which people are gonna be mad about. We just wrote our own version of where a guy like Joker might come from. That’s what was interesting to me. We’re not even doing Joker, but the story of becoming Joker. It’s about this man.

Whatever the reception of the film, Phillips is determined to tell a story about a character known for not having an origin story. If that’s not an impossible task for a filmmaker, I’m not sure what is.

Joker stars Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, Marc Maron, Bill Camp, Glenn Fleshler, Shea Whigham, Brett Cullen, Douglas Hodge, and Josh Pais. It is set to hit theaters October 4th.