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Joker Director Todd Phillips Explains Why The Movie Isn't Connected To The DCEU

It makes sense now.

Joker is one of the most highly anticipated movies of the year, and now that it’s started appearing at film festivals and getting rave reviews, we are even more keen to see it.

But some fans may be disappointed to learn that Joaquin Phoenix’s take on the character definitely won’t be connected to the wider DC Extended Universe. This was a choice made very deliberately by the movie’s director Todd Phillips during the development process.

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So, if you were expecting a cheeky cameo in Robert Pattinson’s The Batman, you’ll be left disappointed, sadly.

Warner Bros first brought the DCEU to life with Man of Steel and Batman v Superman, and let’s be honest, they weren’t amazing movies. So we can understand why Phillips might not want his Joker film to be associated with the other DC films.

According to CinemaBlend, Phillips explained his decision at the film’s premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, saying, “It’s not really connected to that [DC Movie] Universe. And it was really intentionally not.

“I mean the original idea when I went to [Warner Bros.] with the idea was not just about one movie, but about a label – sort of a side label to DC, where you can do these kind of character study, low-rent, low-budget movies, where you get a filmmaker to come in and do some deep dive into a character.

“So it was never meant to connect, so I don’t see it connecting to anything in the future. I think this is just this movie, you know?”

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Because Phoenix’s performance is receiving so much praise, it’s understandable that DC fans would want him to make an appearance in an upcoming DCEU movie, but it now seems unlikely he’ll ever return to the role.

It does make a lot of sense, though, because Joker is set in Gotham City in 1981, so if he was meant to be part of the wider DCEU, he’d have aged quite a bit so it wouldn’t make much sense if he was going against present-day heroes from the DCEU.

Also, Jared Leto’s Joker is already part of the DCEU after making his debut in Suicide Squad. A lot of his performance wasn’t used and fans weren’t exactly impressed with what they were given, but it would be very confusing to insert Phoenix’s version into the story at this point in time.

So, while it’s disappointing, it does make sense that Joker is a standalone film and that he won’t appear in The Batman.

Joker hits cinemas on October 4.

Kristen Stewart Proves You Can Be Friends With Your Ex With This Comment About RPatz As Batman

"I’m very, very happy about that."

While Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson might be best known for their work in the Twilight series, both actors have moved on since then and have chosen smaller films, proving they’re far more talented than we first probably realised.

Stewart is returning to big-budget films with a role in the new Charlie’s Angels reboot, while Pattinson was recently cast as Batman in Matt Reeves’ new film.

When asked about RPatz’ new role, Stewart proved she’s got nothing but love for her ex, saying she couldn’t be happier for him.

Speaking with Variety, she said, “Oh man, I feel like he’s the only guy that could play that part. I am so happy for him. It’s crazy.”

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That’s a huge compliment!

The interviewer then added that Pattinson’s cheekbones also made him perfect for the role, and the actress added, “Yeah, for sure. Also he just feels like – I don’t know. I’m very, very happy about that. I heard that and I was like, ‘Oh man!’ It’s awesome.”

Watch the video here, she looks so excited for him:

The Batman is scheduled for release on June 25, 2021, and you can already tell that Pattinson is finding it difficult to keep his mouth shut about details of the film.

Also speaking to Variety, the actor was asked if the film will be more of a detective story and he laughed as he told them, “I have no ideas about anything.”

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When Pattinson heard Reeves was working on a script reimagining Bruce Wayne in the younger years of his life, he knew he had to be involved.

“I’d had Batman in my mind for a while… It’s such an absurd thing to say. I sort of had an idea to do it, and I’d been prodding Matt. He didn’t accept any prods. I kept asking to meet him.”

Once the script was finished, Reeves agreed to meet Pattinson, “And then I had to kind of try to imagine what he’d written, and I hadn’t even read the script,” he said. “I’d come with this pad full of notes.”

In May, Rob flew back to LA to try on the Batsuit for the final stages of auditions. He described is as “maybe the craziest thing I’ve ever done in terms of movie stuff”.

“I put it on. I remember saying to Matt, ‘It does feel quite transformative!’ He was like, ‘I would hope it does! You’re literally in the Batsuit.’”

“You do feel very powerful immediately. And it’s pretty astonishing, something that is incredibly difficult to get into, so the ritual of getting into it is pretty humiliating. You’ve got five people trying to shove you into something. Once you’ve got it on, it’s like, ‘Yeah, I feel strong, I feel tough, even though I had to have someone squeezing my butt cheeks into the legs.’”

When he found out he got the role, Pattinson was about to start work on Christopher Nolan’s newest film, “I was like, ‘What a coincidence this is happening. It’s absolutely crazy.”

Working with Nolan meant he could constantly ask him questions about his Dark Knight series.

During the interview he also accidentally mentioned Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker movie before telling the interviewer, “Oh s***… I definitely should not say that. I’m so used to pretty art-house movies, where you can watch the movie three times and still not know what it’s about.”

We can’t wait to see RPatz as Batman!

It Looks Like The Joker Trailer Is Teasing A New Batman Origin Story

How did we miss this?!

The final Joker trailer gave fans a deeper look into the origin story of the character, however, is it possible it’s also the origin story of Batman?

On your first viewing of the trailer, it’d be easy to miss the clues that suggest Joker will share its own version of the Batman origin story.

In a blink and you’ll miss it moment in the trailer we see people rioting at a movie theatre with a poster for Excalibur (1981), this also happens to be the same movie poster seen on the theatre Thomas, Martha and Bruce Wayne leave at the beginning of Batman V Superman. This is just before Thomas and Martha are shot and killed, setting Bruce on the path to becoming Batman.

Watch the moment in Batman V Superman below:

In the riot scene in Joker, you can see three figures leaving the theatre: a couple and their young son. You don’t see them for long, but it is a pretty good indication that it’s Thomas, Martha and Bruce.

The Excalibur reference, the riots and the family of three leaving the theatre definitely feels like it’s leading to the Wayne murders.

It’s not the first time the deaths of Thomas and Martha would be linked to the Joker. In Tim Burton’s Batman film Jack Nicholson’s Joker was the gunman who killed the couple.

In 2018, Forbes writer Mark Hughes appeared on the Superhero News Show and revealed it’s very possible the Joker film is connected to Matt Reeves’ The Batman starring Robert Pattinson.

“I think Joaquin Phoenix is playing the Joker in a standalone film, that will possibly wind up not being standalone as the situation evolved with the solo Batman movies and the future of the DCEU shapes up. I haven’t heard anything firm, but I’ve heard certainly whispers from several people that I’ve talked to about that project.”

“I have heard from a few people that there is talk of if The Joker movie is really going to go forward and if it’s really that good, if we’re rebooting Batman anyway, he’s going to need a Joker. We can’t use preexisting Jokers. So we either have Jared Leto showing up as the Joker in some sort of sequel movie, and a Joaquin Phoenix solo Joker movie, and then we have to have another Joker. Wouldn’t it make more sense to … wait and see if [Phoenix’s Joker] works out, then just cross that and have that be the Joker for the new Batman?”

This rumour is obviously quite old and it’s possible things have changed. It would also be somewhat confusing to have Phoenix’s Joker part of Pattinson’s Batman films when Bruce is seemingly still a child in this film. It would be almost 20 years before he officially becomes Batman which would mean the Joker would be quite old.

It’ll be very interesting to see how this plays out!

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