Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker In Different Universe From Robert Pattinson’s Batman

It seems the current Clown Prince of Crime won’t be meeting the new Dark Knight.

Joker director Todd Phillips confirmed this when he went to speak toVariety regarding a potential crossover between Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker and Robert Pattinson’s Batman, much to fans’ disappointment, no doubt.


“No, definitely not,” said Phillips with a tone of finality. “Oddly, in the [United] States, comic books are our Shakespeare it seems, and you can do many versions of Hamlet. There will be many more Jokers, I’m sure, in the future.”

What Phillips is positing here is the fact that his Joker, which had gotten an eight-minute standing ovation at the Venice Film Festival last month, will be a strictly standalone experience, and that fans would have to wait a little longer to see such a crossover happening.

It makes one wonder why the DC Extended Universe is blocking off any potential for crossovers in their IPs. When put against the cinematic colossus that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it makes them look a little fragmented and, quite frankly, out of place.

But if you’re the sort to view each film as is, then this might not affect you so much. After all, Joker did get glowing reviews during its advance screening in Italy back in August, so it’s still something to look forward to when it releases theatrically on October 4, 2019.