Joker’s co-writer and director Todd Phillips wants to see a Batman film set in the same cinematic universe as Joaquin Phoenix’s version of the DC villain.
Phillips, who oversaw the more grounded take on Joker that has proven to be so popular with audiences worldwide, made this declaration to Variety at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.
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After being asked about his take on Bruce Wayne and Joker’s home-town, Phillips responded, “It’s a beautiful Gotham. What I would like to see someone tackle is what Batman looks like from that Gotham.”
However, Phillips quickly realised that this comment would immediately get moviegoers and film bloggers talking, so he instantly clarified that he didn’t have any interest in actually overseeing this film, though.
“I’m not saying I’m going to do that,” he added. “What was interesting to me about the inclusion of Batman in our movie was, ‘What kind of Batman does that Gotham make?’ That’s all I meant by that.”
As those that have seen Joker will already know, we only get to see a very young Bruce Wayne in the film. In fact, it is heavily suggested that Bruce’s father Thomas Wayne actually had an affair with Arthur Fleck’s mother, making them brothers.
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Come the end of Joker, with Fleck having inspired a mob to fight back against the elite, Thomas and his wife Martha are killed in front of Bruce, while Fleck is arrested and incarcerated for murdering several people.
Having grossed over $1 billion at the box office, from a budget of just $55 million, there’s no doubt that Warner Bros will want to make a Joker sequel, while Phillips comments make it clear that there’s plenty more room to expand the universe, too.