Todd Philips Might Not Want A 'Joker' Sequel, But Joaquin Phoenix Is Keen AF

"I can’t stop thinking about it."

Joker director Todd Philips has made it known that his movie is a one-off character study on the Joker and he has no plans for a sequel, but Joaquin Phoenix seems to have other ideas.

Speaking with IGN, Philips said, “We have no plans for a sequel. We always pitched it as one movie, and that’s it.”

According to CinemaBlend, Philips has also explained how his movie isn’t connected to the wider DCEU.

“It’s not really connected to that [DC Movie] Universe. And it was really intentionally not.

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“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?”

Phoenix, who played the Joker, however, isn’t quite ready to close the door on the character.

In an interview on Popcorn with Peter Travers, Phoenix said he hasn’t been able to stop thinking about the Joker role and what the future might bring.

“You know, I wouldn’t have thought about this as my dream role. But now, honestly, I can’t stop thinking about it,” Phoenix said.

“I talked to Todd a lot about what else we might be able to do, in general, just to work together, but also specifically, if there’s something else we can do with Joker that might be interesting. So, it ended up being a dream role. It’s nothing that I really wanted to do prior to working on this movie.”

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Travers tells Phoenix it’s a surprise to hear him say that as he famously turned down the role of Marvel’s Doctor Strange because it would have meant signing a multi-movie deal.

“I don’t know that there is [more to do],” Phoenix said. “Me and Todd would still be shooting now if we could, right? Because it seemed endless, the possibilities of where we can go with the character.”

Travers then asks if he’s dreamed of being in a scene with Batman, but Phoenix was quick to shut that down, “No, I haven’t had that dream.”

The way the film ends could be a set up for a sequel as he indirectly sets a young Bruce Wayne on the path to becoming Batman. And with Robert Pattinson’s The Batman coming out in 2021 fans have been hoping to see the two characters meet, but it doesn’t look like that’ll be the case – especially because Phoenix’s Joker would be too old to fight Pattinson’s Batman.

But hey, we can dream, right (even if Joaquin doesn’t)?

'Joker' Star Explains Why That Thomas Wayne Twist Was So Important

"I was very surprised when I read the twist."

Warning: Major spoilers for Joker ahead!

When Thomas Wayne (Brett Cullen) first appears in Joker, it seems as though he will only play a small part in the film, helping to make you feel like you’re really in Gotham City.

Wayne is running for mayor and is so far removed from Arthur Fleck’s (Joaquin Phoenix) world it doesn’t seem like the pair will have much of a connection other than the fact Arthur’s mother once worked for the Wayne family.

However, things take a significant turn when Arthur finds out he may be the illegitimate son of Thomas Wayne. Brett Cullen, who played Wayne in the film, was just as surprised to find out about the twist, however, notes it was very important that it was included in the film.

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Cullen revealed to The Hollywood Reporter that he spoke to director Todd Philips about the connection and Philips explained that it was a way to explain Joker’s hatred for the Wayne family, but in a way that the audience would sympathise with him.

“I was very surprised when I read the twist. I went to Todd and asked, ‘Are we playing this the way I think we’re playing this’ Todd responded with, ‘What would be a compelling reason for the Joker to hate Batman so much?’

“The idea that the Joker is an illegitimate child that didn’t get anything from the Wayne family is a very compelling motivation for his character’s hatred. This movie makes you feel for Arthur, when you see him struggling with his mother. And she’s saying, ‘Go see Thomas Wayne, he’ll help us. He’s a good man.’ It’s gut-wrenching.”

We later find out that Arthur isn’t actually Wayne’s son and that his mother had been suffering from mental illness. There is then evidence that Arthur was actually adopted and had been abused for much of his childhood.

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The audience is left to question the truth of Arthur’s parentage, but Cullen revealed he approached his performance as if the affair was real and added that he believes Wayne was responsible for having Arthur’s mother committed to Arkham Asylum.

“I asked Todd how Thomas Wayne would’ve know Arthur’s mother. The backstory was that Arthur’s mother had worked for Thomas in his home, and she was a beautiful woman who Thomas was attracted to and it led to a physical relationship… Later in life, she’s in and out of mental institutions. And in my mind, Thomas Wayne put her there.”

Very interesting!

Matt Reeves May Have Found His First Villain And Commissioner Gordon For The New Batman Flick

This casting would be amazing!

Matt Reeves’ new Batman movie starring Robert Pattinson may have found its first villain and Commissioner Gordon.

The Hollywood Reporter writes that Jonah Hill is in talks to play either The Penguin or The Riddler in the new flick. However, THR reports the talks are “at an early and sensitive stage” as the actor and the studio reportedly can’t seem to agree on which character he’ll play, so there’s a chance they might not reach an agreement.

Variety also reports, “Producers had long wanted Hill for the project, but casting decisions were put on hold until the role of Batman was filled. The deal hasn’t closed and sources say it could still fall apart, but both sides are engaging on Hill joining.”

Back in January, Instagram user @TheMainManCreation made this picture to show what Hill would like as the Penguin, and he looks pretty bloody awesome!

Meanwhile, THR also reports Westworld’s Jeffrey Wright is in the running to play Commissioner Jim Gordon.

It’s unknown at this stage whether Gordon will be police commissioner or a detective at the Gotham City Police Department.

In recent years Gary Oldman played the role in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, while J.K. Simmons briefly played the character in Zach Snyder’s Justice League. The OC’s Benjamin McKenzie also played Gordon as a young detective in Gotham.

If Wright does land the role it’ll make him the first person of colour to play Commissioner Gordon in a live-action movie. Before Wright was rumoured to star, Mahershala Ali was believed to be the top choice for the role according to ScreenRant.

The Batman is rumoured to be more of a detective-noir style film that still takes place in the DCEU and will see a number of villains pop up. It’s set for release on June 25, 2021.

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