Todd Phillips forthcoming Joker film is one of this year’s most anticipated events, and now the director has offered up some new information about what audiences can expect from this radical new depiction of the Clown Prince of Crime.
Speaking to Empire, Phillips stated that his Joker film is throwing away all known origin’s of the legendary villain and is instead reinventing the character through his own interpretation.
“We didn’t follow anything from the comic-books, which people are gonna be mad about,” said Phillips. “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.”
While this statement is likely to cause some derision amongst fans, I for one am very excited that we’re actually getting something different, and that it won’t be directly informed by the comics. While the most well-known Joker origin story is Alan Moore’s and Brian Bollard’s celebrated tale, The Killing Joke, it’ll be interesting to see just how Phillips reinterprets the character for his own purposes.
From the initial first teaser it’s apparent that Joker is it’s own kind of story, and that the works of Martin Scorsese including Mean Streets, Taxi Driver and The King of Comedy have been monumental in shaping Phillips vision of the character, and that star Joaquin Phoenix will be an incredibly scary force up on screen.
Just what Phillips has in store for us will be made clear when Joker arrives in cinemas on October 3 when the madness is unleashed in cinemas.