Todd Phillips' 'Joker' Will Not Follow DC Comics

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In a year full of exciting comic book movies, Todd Phillips' upcoming Joker may well be the most controversial. We have already seen the releases of fan-favorites Captain Marvel, Avengers: Endgame, and Spider-Man: Far From Home, to name a few, but Joker will likely be a very different take on the classic story.

The upcoming DC film will be unique, mainly because director Phillips just admitted he's not using comic book material as a guide. And not only that, but he had already confirmed it will be R-rated, excluding family audiences and younger crowds.

Phillips recently spoke with Empire, according to, about the process of making a Joker film from scratch. “We didn’t follow anything from the comic-books, which people are gonna be mad about,” he stated.

The director went on to explain, “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.”

While Joker may not be what fans expect, there are still many reasons to be excited about the upcoming film. The trailer shows a sneak-peek into the creation of one of the most iconic villains of all time.

Joker premieres in theaters on Oct. 4. We're excited to see what story it tells.