Joker director Todd Philips has revealed that his upcoming movie didn't follow anything from the world of DC Comics. Instead, he crafted his own story and is fully aware that may cause something of a problem with certain fans. Additionally, a new image of Joaquin Phoenix in his make up for the role has been revealed, giving us a fresh look at what could be one of the most fascinating comic book movies of 2019.
Starting with Todd Philips' new comments, the director made it clear that he didn't follow anything from the pages of DC Comics. That's been strongly hinted at by the trailer. Maybe this is why we see a very young Bruce Wayne in the trailer, for example? Not to mention that the Joker doesn't have any set origin in the comics anyway, but it sounds like he very much decided to carve his own, unique path with this one. Here's what Philips had to say about 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."
Diverting from the comics so strongly will give them a lot of creative freedom. But that also leaves a lot of room for fan rage. The man behind the makeup is named Arthur Fleck, who will be portrayed as a struggling comedian who has been beaten down by the world around him. That man will be played by Joaquin Phoenix, who is one of the most respected actors working in the business today. As it turns out, he was their first choice from very early on in the process. Todd Philips revealed this little bit as well from when they were still developing the story.
"I think he's the greatest actor. We had a photo of him above our computer while we were writing. We constantly thought, 'God, imagine if Joaquin actually does this.'"
As for the new image, we see a profile of Joaquin Phoenix's face as he's putting on his makeup. He looks, shall we say, not in the best of moods? The character is sporting a menacing scowl as he puts the finishing touches on his look. We know Phoenix will simply be Arthur Fleck for most of the movie, but could this be right before he becomes the villain for which the movie is named?
Needless to say, this will take place outside of the established continuity of the DCEU. DC Films has been on the rebound, with both Aquaman and Shazam delivering, but this is perhaps the riskiest project on Warner Bros.' slate for the franchise. If it pays off, it could open a lot of doors for bold projects down the line. Joker is set to arrive in theaters on October 4. Be sure to check out the new image below. This news comes to us via Empire.