Joker Director Todd Phillips Clarifies Quote About Not Using Comic Book Source Material

A while back Joker director Todd Phillips was quoted as saying that the film didn’t pull from any comic book material. This caused a bit of a stir with fans and left them wondering just what to expect. How could you make a Joker film and not draw fat least some aspects from previous versions? With decades of great source material, why would one not poke around and see if there’ s anything to use?

As it turns out that’s not exactly what Todd Phillips said, they actually did pull from the comics and Phillips now says he was misquoted and clarified the statement while speaking with Heroic Hollywood. You can check it out down below.

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“It’s funny because a lot of you guys have probably reprinted something I said in Empire where I was misquoted. I’m not gonna complain, I like the writer; he wrote a great piece where I said we didn’t take anything from the comic book world. It’s actually not what I said. What I said was we didn’t take anything from one particular comic. We kind of picked and chose what we liked from the kind of 80-year canon of Joker. We kind of pulled a few things that we liked.”

This makes more sense, and is likely comformting to a lot of folks, but even without this clarification, I was on board with what Phillips and Phoenix were doing, and I assume many other fans were as well. While we know this film will be a much different take of the character than we’ve seen, it’s good to know that Phillips did take from previous iterations, and even without this correction, the film appears to be on it’s way to being a success.

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Source: Heroic Hollywood (via MovieWeb)

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