“Joker” director and co-writer Todd Phillips requires comic book movie devotees to understand that there is no chance of Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker and Robert Pattinson’s Batman ever crossing over on the big screen.
“No, definitely not,” Phillips replied when questioned if Phoenix and Pattinson would appear in a future movie together.
Philips re-iterated that opinion during a Q&A at a TIFF screening on Monday night, describing the crowd, “I do not see it connecting to anything in the future. This is just a movie.”
Ben Affleck ended up quitting the role of Batman, with Robert Pattinson freshly cast in the same position for Matt Reeves’ The Batman, which will reportedly take the Caped Crusader back to his detective roots and see him chasing down a rogue’s gallery of the Gotham greats. The actor recently told he chased down the role and has wanted to take on the character for a long time.
With Joker so close to theaters, fans have been querying if the latest Joker and Batman might interact in a next DC movie.
Phillips created a psychological drama that is not correlated to the rest of the shared universe. He does not appear to have focused that much on the comics either, creating a new origin story for the Clown Prince of Crime, complete with brand new characters for Joaquin Phoenix’s Arthur Fleck to interact with. As such, it does not seem logical that Robert Pattinson’s Batman would ever cross paths with this new Joker.
It seems like Joker will remain a standalone movie, with no chance of Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker popping up in the DCEU’s version of Gotham City.
Both of their film’s periods seemingly supported the rumors about Joaquin Phoenix and Robert Pattinson’s crossover. Joker is set in Gotham City in 1981, where Bruce Wayne will be only a young boy. With The Batman focusing on a more youthful and less experienced Batman than Ben Affleck’s version, it seems that their timelines will meet up, even if Joaquin Phoenix had to play his role a bit older than in the origin story.
It is also unclear if Jared Leto is still playing his Joker in the current timeline, which will continue with Birds of Prey in a few months. There are a ton of questions up in the air, so we’ll have to wait and see how all the things will happen.
Joker will be released in theaters on October 4th.