Yesterday we learned that the Joaquin Phoenix led Joker film will be more different than we thought. According to Empire, the film is going to be a completely new origin story for the famous villain of Gotham.
“We didn’t follow anything from the comic-books, which people are gonna be mad about,” director Todd Phillips told the magazine. “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,” he elaborated. With those words, he disappointed any fans hoping that the film would be a live-action Killing Joke.
This news isn’t truly surprising, given that they named the character Arthur Fleck. Not only that but if we’re getting a film based on the character, the best way to approach it would be an origin story. Debatably, the most interesting part about the character is how he came to be. If it focused on Joker the villain, we would need Batman to balance the story out. Plus we’ve already gotten that film before. It’s time to do something different so this feels like the right approach. That being said, this opens up a lot of doors as to what could happen in the story. For example, he could potentially kill Bruce Wayne. Without comics as a guide, they have the world at their feet.
What do you think of the news? Are you looking forward to it more knowing that it’ll be completely new? Or are you one of the fans who are mad about not following anything from the comics? Let us know! Be sure to come back to Geek Girl Authority for more DC film news.
Joker is directed by Todd Phillips and stars Joaquin Phoenix, Robert DeNiro, Zazie Beetz, Marc Maron, Brett Cullen, Frances Conroy, Bill Camp, Dante Pereira-Olson, and Douglas Hodge. The clown prince of crime stalks to theaters on October 4th, 2019.