Director Todd Phillips is already preparing for the backlash from fans when the Joker hits theatres later this year.
Despite the film using Batman’s greatest foe and being set in Gotham, the film story is strictly a new interpretation and doesn’t follow anything from the comics according to Phillips.
In an interview with Empire Magazine Phillips said:
“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.”
The Joker’s origins has never been set in stone, various writers over the years have explored the Clown Prince of Crime’s backstory. In the 50’s he was a lab worker who turned to crime as the Red Hood, before falling into a vat of chemicals waste that altered his appearance to what we’ve come to know. It wasn’t until the 80’s when they changed the character to become a failed stand-up comic, something Phillips film will loosely touch on.
From what I’ve heard from folk who have read the script, they’ve said it’s dark, has vibes of Taxi Driver/King of Comedy. I’ve held off from reading it, I’m happy to go in fresh and not spoil it for myself (and no, I won’t provide a link to the script). I’m glad Phillips will ignore the mythology, going with something different, instead of treading the same water.
Joker will hit screens on October 4, 2019.
SOURCE: EMPIRE MAGAZINE