Joaquin Phoenix’s new incarnation of The Joker won’t meet Robert Pattinson’s Batman on screen. That, according to Todd Phillips, director of Venice standout “Joker” who confirms that his film and Matt Reeves’ upcoming Caped Crusader reboot aren’t set in the same universe.
“No, definitely not,” Phillips told Variety when asked if his clown prince of crime might battle Pattinson’s dark Knight in a future film. Although that doesn’t mean “Joker” will be the last film to feature the DC super villain.
“Oddly, in the states, comic books are our Shakespeare it seems, and you can do many many versions of “Hamlet,” Phillips said. “There will be many more jokers, I’m sure, in the future.”
The Joker isn’t reportedly in the next “Batman” film – with only The Riddler, Catwoman, The Penguin and Firefly confirmed – but that’s not to say some form of ‘Joker’ won’t cross the new Bruce Wayne’s path in the future