It looks like The Joker director Todd Phillips doesn’t want his movie to be likened to anything in the DC Extended Universe and in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Apparently, the filmmaker suggested that Warner Brothers ought to start a DC Black Division when he pitched the joker standalone movie for the studio. Not only is The Joker without an official banner, but the film isn’t officially connected to the DCEU.
Empire has a new report on Phillips and his new project, and according to the publication, the director pitched his idea for a solo Joker movie at the after party of War Dogs’ premiere. During that time, the filmmaker also asked the studio to start a new division for DC.
“He suggested they begin a new division called DC Black, separating itself from the current crop of DC films. It was also a way of differentiating from Marvel,” Johnny Sobczak wrote in a post on Twitter.
Todd Phillips pitched JOKER to WB executives at the after party of the WAR DOGS premiere.— Johnny Sobczak (@JohnnySobczak) July 10, 2019
“He suggested they begin a new division called DC Black, separating itself from the current crop of DC films. It was also a way of differentiating from Marvel.” (Via @empiremagazine) pic.twitter.com/zyWxQXrkMQ
Phillips wants DC Black to be a label that separates itself from the films currently made in comic book movie franchises like the DCEU and the MCU. The director suggests that DC Black be a division that gives filmmakers the creative freedom they need for their projects.
“I said ‘Let JOKER be the first, then let’s get fucking great filmmakers to come in.’ Instead of trying to live in the shadow of the beast (MCU), let’s do something they can’t,” Phillips revealed in his interview, “Let’s strip that all away. It’ll be liberating.”
Creative freedom is something that DC desperately needs. So far, most of the DCEU’s issues come from studio interference. Let’s hope that Joker proves to the Warner Brothers that it can trust its filmmakers.
The Joker is set to release on October 4, 2019.