• Joker director Todd Phillips says his movie doesn't take anything from the comic books. 1 / 8

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  • Phillips says his movie is "not even doing Joker." 2 / 8

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  • "It's the story of becoming Joker," Phillips explained. 3 / 8

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  • In Joker, Joaquin Phoenix transforms into a gritty version of the Clown Prince of Crime. 4 / 8

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  • This origin story clearly will be very different from prior Joker origins. 5 / 8

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  • It seems Phillips and Phoenix have entirely thrown out the source material. 6 / 8

  • Will comic book fans put aside expectations and embrace this version of the Joker? 7 / 8

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