Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker and Robert Pattinson’s Batman won't cross paths according to Todd Phillips
Depending on which side of the comic book fence you stand on, you either punched the air in delight or fell about on the floor laughing after Todd Phillips' Joker won the Golden Lion at Venice last week.
The film has now moved onto the next big festival at TIFF, where it played last night, and speaking to Variety, director Todd Phillips addressed rumours that Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker could meet Robert Pattinson’s Batman in a future film. “No, definitely not,” he responded when asked if the two worlds would be merged together.
Of course, both characters are owned by Warner Bros. and if they decided to cross them over it would be out of Phillips' hands, but whether Phoenix would be on-board the project and the character could maintain his current incarnation is questionable.
Before Joker premiered at Venice, Phillips stated he would love to make a second film with Phoenix, although the actor has avoided doing any type of sequel to date and while he hasn't commented on the idea, you would expect it would take something quite special to convince him. In a recent interview, Robert Pattinson appeared to allude to the possibility of Joker appearing in a future Batman film, although he didn't explicitly reveal any details on how that might work.
Joker opens in UK and US cinemas on October 4.