Todd Phillips on Whether Phoenix's Joker Could Ever Meet Pattinson's Batman


According to Joker director Todd Phillips, DC fans should not expect to see Joaquin Phoenix's version of the Clown Prince of Crime share a screen with Robert Pattinson's Batman.

During an interview with Variety at the Toronto International Film Festival, Phillips' was asked if he could see the worlds of Joker and director Matt Reeves' The Batman converging. Phillips quickly responded, "No, definitely not."

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In the same interview, Phillips explained he was not reluctant to helm a film starring the Joker, despite the high expectations brought about from Heath Ledger's portrayal of the character in 2008's The Dark Knight. The director also mentioned he loves both Jack Nicholson's version of the Joker from 1989's Batman and Jared Leto's version from 2016's Suicide Squad.

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Joker recently won the coveted Golden Lion at the 76th Venice International Film Festival, where the film premiered. The film is already projected to be a huge success at the box office, with some estimating an $103 million opening weekend.

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Directed by Todd Phillips, Joker stars Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Douglas Hodge, Marc Maron, Josh Pais and Shea Whigham. The film arrives in theaters Oct. 4.

The Batman is directed by Matt Reeves, who will also produce alongside Dylan Clark. While casting is still underway, the film is scheduled to be released on June 25, 2021.

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