‘Joker’ Director Todd Phillips Clears Up Thoughts On A Sequel

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Joker director and co-writer Todd Phillips clarified his thoughts on a potential sequel to the Joaquin Phoenix-starring film.

Both Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix were being interviewed for Joker, and during a recent Q&A after a screening of the movie, Todd Phillips made his sentiment clear on a Joker sequel – he has no plans for one, and this new film remains as a standalone Elseworlds story:

“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.”

This is in response to a comment that Todd Phillips made last month in regards to working with Joaquin Phoenix on a future project. Although many news outlets took this as a means to speculate about a potential Joker sequel, this latest statement from Todd Phillips puts those rumors to rest.

Joker is reportedly intended to launch DC Black, which is a new label for DC Comics films that are standalone in nature and are separate from the continuity of the ongoing DC Extended Universe. Joker has been getting mostly positive reviews from critics and attendees from its respective screenings at major film festivals, even winning the Golden Lion Award for Best Film at the Venice Film Festival. Both Joaquin Phoenix’s portrayal and Todd Phillips’ direction have received praise.

Are you disappointed to hear Todd Phillips’ confirmation that Joker will remain as a standalone film with no sequel planned? Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to continue following Heroic Hollywood for all the latest news regarding the future of DC Comics on film.

Here is the official synopsis for Joker:

Director Todd Phillips “Joker” centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone fictional story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck, who is indelibly portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, is of a man struggling to find his way in Gotham’s fractured society. A clown-for-hire by day, he aspires to be a stand-up comic at night…but finds the joke always seems to be on him. Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty, Arthur makes one bad decision that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events in this gritty character study.

Directed by Todd Phillips from a script he co-wrote with Scott Silver, Joker stars Joaquin Phoenix, Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Douglas Hodge, Marc Maron, Josh Pais, Shea Whigham and Robert De Niro.

Joker will be released in theaters on October 4, 2019.

DC Universe Debuts ‘Doom Patrol’ Character Posters

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Doom PatrolAlong with the premiere of the first teaser for Doom Patrol, DC Universe also debuted a collection of character posters for each of the members of perhaps the strangest team of characters to be adapted in live-action form for DC Comics.

In particular, these new character posters highlight Timothy Dalton's The Chief, Diane Guerrero's Crazy Jane, Joivan Wade's Cyborg, April Bowlby's Elasti-Woman, Matt Bomer's Negative Man and Brendan Fraser's Robotman. These posters each follow unique designs that reflect the nature of each character and tease unique personalities amongst the group as well.

You can start the gallery of new posters by clicking "Next".

Which of these Doom Patrol posters is your favorite? Are you excited to see what the cast brings to these roles? Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to continue following Heroic Hollywood for all the latest news in the DC Universe.

Doom Patrol is a reimagining of one of DC’s strangest group of outcast Super Heroes which includes: Matt Bomer as Larry Trainor/Negative Man, Brendan Fraser as Cliff Steele/Robotman, April Bowlby as Elasti-Woman, Diane Guerrero as Crazy Jane, Joivan Wade as Victor Stone/Cyborg and Timothy Dalton as Dr. Niles Caulder/The Chief.

Here is the synopsis for the show:

“Doom Patrol will find the reluctant heroes in a place they never expected to be, called to action by Cyborg, who comes to them with a mission hard to refuse, but with a warning that is hard to ignore: their lives will never, ever be the same.”

Doom Patrol will premiere on February 15, 2019 exclusively on DC Universe.

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