Todd Phillips Says Joaquin Phoenix's Joker & Robert Pattinson's Batman Won't Crossover

Joker 2019 Review

It is well known that Joaquin Phoenix has eschewed comic book movie roles in the past, like when he was attached to play Doctor Strange in the MCU.

Joaquin Phoenix's Joker was roaring at the Venice Film Festival 2019.

This backs up previous reports that Joker is meant to be a completely standalone movie with no planned sequels or spinoffs.

Joker premiered at the 76th Venice International Film Festival on 31 August 2019, taking home the Golden Lion, the festival's most prestigious prize. And yet, that has not stopped some fans from rabidly speculating that Phoenix's Joker might one day encounter Robert Pattinson's Batman (soon to make his debut in Matt Reeves' The Batman). "Need to sit with this more".

Inspired by the works of Martin Scorsese, Joker will be more of a crime thriller than a typical superhero movie.

Joker played to a packed house in Toronto and, as it unsettlingly and violently delivered the villain origin story it promised, reminded audiences why it was such a controversial play out of Venice.

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Crossover potential notwithstanding, Joker has been faring quite well with critics.

In addition, it has been confirmed that in this film the actors Dante Pereira-Olson and Douglas Hodge will give life to some young Bruce Wayne and Alfred; so yes, in a way Batman will be involved in this project. "I didn't f-ing know".

"Time is short, as you reach a certain milestone you realize that, so we should all do the things that count, even if it's just do have a laugh", she added.

Phoenix's own speech was much more emotional, detailing a number of people who he credited with helping him become the actor he is today. "Joaquin is one of the greats and when he digs into a character, he does it like nobody else and he just went for it".

The Joker director is keeping busy with press during the festival rollout and during a red carpet interview, the folks over at Variety asked if he saw the worlds of Joker and The Batman merging together any time soon, and the filmmaker's exit line - "definitely not" - was loud and clear. Phillips' exploration of Arthur Fleck (Phoenix), a man disregarded by society, is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.

The famous character has previously been portrayed by other famous actors including Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger and Jared Leto. The original standalone story of the most fierce and iconic villain will crash the theatres with the audience going insane for Joaquin Phoenix, in and as "JOKER" on October 4th.

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