In making Joker, director Todd Phillips faced several monumental challenges. First of all, the title character is a villain — one who’s previously been defeated in every movie or TV show he’s appeared in. Along those lines, he was working with a character that has appeared previously in so many forms and incarnations, it would be a challenge to create something wholly new and different. Of course, he was working within a genre with a fan base that is notoriously particular about what they will and won’t accept. And there were plenty of other challenges, as there are with any big-budget movie. So which of these challenges did Phillips see as being the most difficult to overcome? (Click on the media bar below to hear Todd Phillips)

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