Todd Phillips’ Joker has gone into production. What sounded like a wild rumour at first has come to fruition. The best part about it? Joaquin Phoenix will be portraying the Clown Prince of Crime. You don’t get a better casting than that (shut up, Jared Leto).
In terms of the storyline, it’s still under wraps, but we do know that’ll serve as an origin story for the rogue and be set years earlier. Interestingly, Matt Reeves’ The Batman is rumoured to be rooted in the past as well. So, are you thinking what we’re thinking?
Naturally, we’re just spitballing here, as nothing is official, but there’s enough to speculate that these two movies could be set in smaller “shared” universe. Sure, Warner has confirmed it’ll be deemphasizing the shared universe and it’ll allow more standalones, but everything will still be connected in a way.
As reported by /Film, Reeves confirmed his Batman film is connected to the overall universe. “There are ways in which all of this connects to DC, to the DC universe as well,” he said. “We’re one piece of many pieces so I don’t want to comment on that except to say that I’m focused very specifically on this aspect of the DC world.”
With Ben Affleck’s time as the Dark Knight looking like it’s done and Warner trying to create mini-sandboxes to play in, this could be the studio’s attempt at a new Gothamverse – which takes place years before.
Seeing the success of films set in different time periods, it’s likely that Warner will want to apply this to its IP. It’s also an extremely safe bet, because if something isn’t successful, you fast-forward to present day and escape any continuity issues.
What we do think is happening, though, is that Joker is the pilot project here. This is why it’s being labelled as a standalone to prevent the internet from blowing up and additional scrutiny. If the film is successful and everyone loves Phoenix’s portrayal of the Ace of Knaves, you can bet he’ll be linked to Reeves’ Batman in some way going forward.
To be frank, it’s actually a stroke of genius (if true and planned), since Batman and his merry band of goons found a lot of success in the ’80s era – which is the rumoured setting of Joker. Exploring a Gotham in that period could be one of the best decisions that Warner’s ever made – for both itself and fans.
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