There has been a lot of good buzz surrounding Todd Phillips’ Joker movie, and a lot of people are curious on whether we’re ever going to get a sequel. Phillips had said before that he was open to the possibility, but he’s recently come out to say that there are no plans for a follow-up to his DC film.
Talking to Gamespot, Phillips said, “It’s so annoying… You say one thing and it becomes the story for 24 hours.” He goes on to clarify:
“The quote was, ‘I will do anything Joaquin wants to do.’ And I would. But the movie’s not set up to [have] a sequel. We always pitched it as one movie, and that’s it.”
We have no plan for a sequel… We made this movie, I pitched it to Warner Bros. as one movie, it exists in its own world, that’s it. It’s not about worldbuilding, it’s not about other versions, it’s like, here’s our version of the origin story, that’s it. That’s what I meant.”
With Robert Pattinson becoming the new Batman, a lot of people are also wondering if he would ever end up clashing with Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker, to which Phillips also put down any hopes. “I don’t see [Joker] connecting to anything in the future… This is just a movie.”
With every other movie hoping to build cinematic universes like Marvel, having a one-off film is actually kind of refreshing. If Joker manages to impress in the box office, hopefully DC will be more open to these one-shot alternate timeline stories. There’s no hope in competing with Marvel, but even the MCU can’t do something as risky as Joker.
Catch Joker in theaters Oct. 4.