Joker director Todd Phillips says he would like to see a film about Batman set in the same big screen version of Gotham City as his own DC movie.
Speaking to Variety at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Phillips talked about Joker’s version of Gotham, calling it “beautiful” before adding “What I would like to see someone tackle is what Batman looks like from that Gotham”. He quickly clarified he didn’t mean he wanted to direct the film himself, saying “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”.
Given that Phillips’ film was largely met with positive reviews, leading to it becoming the first R-rated movie to earn more than $1 billion worldwide, it would seem like an obvious decision to deliver audiences a continuation of the journey. However, the nature of the film itself was meant to deliver audiences the origins of the villainous character, as various other films have depicted what happened when Joker embraced his nefarious nature.
Either way, it feels safe to assume Phillips wouldn’t be the one to tackle the film (like he said). The director claims he hasn’t even talked to Phoenix about a proper Joker 2 just yet, in spite of the previous reports and rumors that would have you believe the sequel is sure to happen. And with Matt Reeves’ The Batman (which, unlike Joker, is part of the DCEU) due to arrive in 2021, odds are Warner Bros. would be extra hesitant about green-lighting a Batman spinoff of Joker around the same time, no matter who was working on it.