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Todd Phillips Says Joker Doesn’t Follow The Comics: ‘People Are Gonna Be Mad’

July 9, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Todd Phillips decided to tell his own unique take on the Joker in the upcoming film, which he knows will piss some people off. Phillips told Empire that the film isn’t about the Joker himself, but rather it’s about how Joaquin Phoenix’s Arthur Fleck becomes the Joker.

“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.”

Phillips added that Phoenix was his first choice for the role, saying, “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.’”

The film will release on October 4th and stars Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, and Marc Maron.

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