Joker does not follow anything from comics: Todd Phillips

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The synopsis states, “Joker centers around the iconic arch-nemesis and is an original, standalone story not seen before on the big screen. Unlike other comic-book movies today, Joker is made on an estimate budget of just 55 million dollars. Moore’s story is the most well-known Joker origin story in comics. Advertising

While speaking to Empire, Phillips said, “We didn’t follow anything from the comic-books, which people are gonna be mad about. 0
Comment(s) We’re not even doing Joker, but the story of becoming Joker. We just wrote our own version of where a guy like Joker might come from. The exploration of Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix), a man disregarded by society, is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.”
Todd Phillips has written the story with Oscar winner Scott Silver. It was expected to take at least a few cues from Alan Moore’s graphic novel Batman: The Killing Joke. It is described as first and foremost a character study and is about a downtrodden comedian called Arthur Fleck who rises to become a Gotham’s criminal mastermind. It’s about this man.”

Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix in the titular role, is an origin story of the famous Batman villain.