As Todd Phillip’s Joker made rounds after reportedly receiving an 8-minute standing ovation at its Venice Film Festival premiere, one of its producers admits she “literally can’t watch” comic book movies.
Under the banner of DC Films, Joker is technically a film belonging in the comic book genre. It is, after all, based on one of the most notorious comic book villains of all time. But multiple reviews for the film have described it as nothing like any other comic book movie there is so we can assume that it might be because the team behind the film doesn’t want it to be.
One of the film’s producers, Emma Tillinger Koskoff admitted in a recent interview that she’s not actually one who enjoys watching comic book movies. Speaking to the Associated Press about the film ahead of its October premiere, she explains why saying:
“It’s not my preferred genre, the comic book genre. I literally can’t watch those movies. I try but I can’t. I should but I can’t. But I love this movie. Even if I didn’t work on this movie I would love this movie.”
While “Joker” is based on DC Comics’ Clown Prince of Crime, the movie itself isn’t based on the character’s comic book background at all. Back in July, Philips revealed to Empire Magazine that he is expecting to receive backlash for directing the film because it completely diverted from the comic books.
“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 the film did just that, Philips might be wrong about his prediction with the film having widely positive critical reviews.