Director Todd Phillips has revealed that his take on The Joker will be provocative. Phillips made the revelation while speaking to Total Film magazine about how the movie tackles today’s world issues.

“is not meant to be political, but it is meant to be provocative.” He continues: “I think there will be some 21-year-olds that go and watch it who just think it’s a version of a Joker story. And that’s fine, too. I don’t want to define it as this message movie, because it’s not. But it definitely is, the same way that The Dark Knight was not a message movie, but it definitely was a post-9/11 terrorist sort of ‘Oh shit…’ thing

The joker also features on the subscriber-only cover of Total Film magazine. In addition, the magazine also released exclusive new looks at Phoenix’s and Zazie Beetz’s characters in the movie.

Todd Phillips (The Hangover) is directing and also co-writing the scripts with Scott Silver. The film will star Joaquin Phoenix as the Clown Prince of Crime. The live-action movie taking place in the 1980s. The Joker film will be under a new Warner Bros. banner that will be outside of the DCEU (DC Extended Universe).

The Joker was created by Bill Finger, Bob Kane, and Jerry Robinson. The fictional character first appeared in the debut issue of the comic book Batman (April 25, 1940), published by DC Comics. He was planned to be killed off during his first appearance, but thanks to an editorial intervention, the character went on to become Batman archenemy and one of the most iconic supervillains in comic book history.

The Joker stars Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Frances Conroy, Marc Maron, and Zazie Beetz as Sophie Dumond, and is set to hit theaters on October 4, 2019.

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