In an interview with Variety, Todd Philips, director of Joker, puts an end to the rumours circulating that Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker will face off against Robert Pattinson’s Batman, sticking to the message he had communicated from the very beginning. In his own words – so that we can forever put to rest any hopes we might be harbouring about this – it’s a case of “No, definitely not.” Well, that certainly settles it.
This is not to say that Philips is ruling out another Joker movie. In the same interview, he mentioned that just like how there are many iterations of Hamlet, it is the same for the Joker, so as standalone as this movie might be, this doesn’t mean that this is the end.
Joker premiered at the Venice Film Festival, receiving rave reviews and standing ovations. There has also been Oscar buzz for the movie, with the possibility of hooking a Best Film and Best Actor nomination. Joker also took home the top prize at the Venice Film Festival, winning The Golden Lion, which has only spurred on more Oscar possibility. It is only natural given how previous recipients of The Golden Lion have gone on to win big at the Oscars, with Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma earning the award last year, and Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water taking it home the year before.