Todd Phillips, director of the upcoming Joker movie starring Joaquin Phoenix, has revealed to movie magazine Empire that his film will pull nothing from the comics. Instead, fans can expect a totally original origin story about Batman’s nemesis.
Phillips co-wrote the script alongside Scott Silver. During the interview, the director admitted that the decision not to draw from the source material will likely trigger fan fury.
“We didn’t follow anything from the comic books, which people are gonna be mad about,” Phillips said. “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.”
Joker hits theaters on October 4. Revisit the trailer below.