Todd Phillips Says His 'Joker' Movie "Doesn't Follow Anything from the Comic Books"

Todd Phillips Says His 'Joker' Movie "Doesn't Follow Anything from the Comic Books"
Joaquin Phoenix is about to make his official debut as the Joker in Todd Phillips' aptly titled Joker. While the film's trailer turned heads, Phillips is expecting the Batman diehards to be pissed. After all, he says it's not really based on the comics.

Speaking with Empire, Phillips said he's ready for the backlash.

 "We didn't follow anything from the comic books, which people are gonna be mad about," he 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."

Further, Phillips said they had Phoenix in mind for the role from the start. 

"I think he's the greatest actor," he said. "We had a photo of him above our computer while we were writing. We constantly thought, 'God, imagine if Joaquin actually does this.'"
 
Joker hits theatres on October 4. Watch the film's trailer below.