Todd Phillips doesn't expect Phoenix's Joker to meet Pattinson's Batman

Carla Harmon
September 10, 2019

DC may have multiple Batman movies in the pipeline, but don't expect Joaquin Phoenix's Joker and Robert Pattinson's Batman to cross paths.

It's an unusual victory for a comic book film, though, for a dramatic title that owes massively to Taxi Driver and stars an auteur's actor like Joaquin Phoenix, it's a little less surprising. This leads us to one of our patented, searingly insightful observations: if it seems like everyone and their brother is talking about this flick now, just wait, because you ain't seen nothing yet.

Joaquin Phoenix is astounding - the physicality of his work is especially impressive.

"The attraction to make this film and this character was that we were going to approach it in our own way, so, for me, I didn't refer to any past iterations of the character", the movie star said at a press conference.


"I saw #Joker - and it is unlike anything before it", Brandon Davis of ComicBook.com tweeted.

Strong notices came from the likes of The Guardian and Variety, while a few other major publications panned the film.

Some critics argued that the film glorified the Joker's acts of violence.

Joker tells the story of Arthur Fleck, a failed stand-up comedian who begins a slow dissent into madness after being shunned by society.


In a review for TIME, Stephanie Zacharek wrote that "the movie lionizes and glamorizes Arthur even as it shakes its head, faux-sorrowfully, over his violent behavior". "And I am indebted to him for that because acting has given me such an incredible life". "Honestly, I didn't f-ing know". But then there was something that was drawing me toward it... "It just evolved as we worked together".

Phoenix was one of the two actors to be presented with the TIFF Tribute Actor Award and he took his time on the stage to remember people who contributed to his career.

The outlet also reported that Bradley Cooper, one of the film's producers, sat in the audience of Monday night's premiere event.

Meryl Streep was joined on the red carpet by Antonio Banderas and Gary Oldman, who play the heads of the shady Panama law firm at the heart of the scandal, after it was exposed in 2016 for aiding tax evasion among the wealthy elite.


Set in 1981, the dark motion picture bases its troubled protagonist (played by award-winning actor, Joaquin Phoenix) on DC Comics' character, who commits his crimes while dressed as a clown, further adding to his crazed persona. Joker will be released in theaters on October 4.

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