Todd Phillips Denies Meeting With Warner Bros. About Joaquin Phoenix ‘Joker’ Sequel

After the recent whirlwind of whether Todd Phillips was helming a sequel to Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker as well as other DC origin stories, the director has denied the meetings ever happened.

Director Todd Phillips recently addressed the conflicting news reports of whether Joker was getting a sequel alongside other DC origin stories. In a report first published by THR, Todd Phillips’ Joker was supposedly set to receive a sequel alongside the director’s planned projects for other characters to get a similar treatment. After Deadline published a conflicting story seemingly debunking the news, fans were understandably confused. But Todd Phillips recently confirmed that no meetings for a Joaquin Phoenix Joker sequel had taken place.

At an awards screening of Todd Phillips’ Joker the director explained to the audience that the news “came out of nowhere.” He explained that the meeting it referred to never took place and no serious conversations have happened. Todd Phillips acknowledged that since the movie made $1 billion against a $60 million budget the idea of a sequel had obviously been briefly discussed, but not in an official capacity. He also went on to explain that neither Joaquin Phoenix or Scott Silver have a deal for a sequel. Take a look at director Todd Phillips denying the sequel to Joker below.

“Yeah that was written about today, and I have to be honest, it came out of nowhere. It referred to a meeting that was never had. I thought it was anticipatory at best. Obviously, sequels have been discussed when a movie that cost $60 million made $1 billion, but we have not had any serious conversations about it. We don’t have a deal with Joaquin, they don’t have a deal with me and the writer. I don’t know where that came from, honest to God. It’s a hard thing to refute when you don’t have a Twitter account, and you’re not really out there. You just go, ‘Ok, this will disappear in 24 hours, let’s move on.’”

Are you disappointed that Todd Phillips isn’t helming a sequel to Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker? What would you want to see from a sequel? Let us know in the comments!

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, and Shea Whigham.

Joker is now playing in theater. Stay tuned for more updates on the Joker sequel, Joaquin Phoenix and Todd Phillips.

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New ‘Titans’ Photos Show Off Aqualad And The Original Team

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Titans Aqualad 01DC Universe has released eight brand new images from the upcoming fourth episode of the second season of Titans entitled, "Aqualad".

"Aqualad" will explore the dynamic among Dick Grayson/Robin (Brenton Thwaites), Donna Troy/Wonder Girl (Conor Leslie), Hank Hall/Hawk (Alan Ritchson), Dawn Granger/Dove (Minka Kelly) and Garth/Aqualad (Drew Van Acker) and how four years prior, their tight-knit family dynamic developed only to have their personal feelings bleed more into their work only to be exacerbated by the arrival of a new villain.

These new images give fans a new look at Drew Van Acker as Aqualad as well as a couple of new looks at the original team united together for action. In particular, we get our best look at how the Aqualad suit translates onscreen in live-action form.

You can check out the rest of the gallery for "Aqualad" by clicking "Next".

Here is the official synopsis for season two:

In Season 2, following the aftermath of their encounter with Trigon, Dick reforms the Titans. Under his supervision in their new home at Titans Tower, Rachel, Gar and Jason Todd train together to hone their hero abilities and work together as a team. They are joined by Hank Hall and Dawn Granger aka Hawk and Dove and Donna Troy aka Wonder Girl. Although these original Titans attempt to transition into a regular life, when old enemies resurface everyone must come together to take care of unfinished business. And as this family of old and new Titans – including Conner Kent and Rose Wilson – learn to co-exist, the arrival of Deathstroke brings to light the sins of the old Titans which threaten to tear this new Titans family apart once more.

The series stars Brenton Thwaites as Robin/Nightwing, Anna Diop as Starfire, Teagan Croft as Raven, and Ryan Potter as Beast Boy. Newcomers for its sophomore outing include Joshua Orpin and Esai Morales playing Superboy and Deathstroke, respectively, while Chella Man and Chelsea Zhang have also joined the cast as Deathstroke’s children Jericho and Ravager. Natalie Gumede has signed on to play Mercy Graves and Game of Thrones star Iain Glen is on board as Bruce Wayne.

Titans season two is now airing on DC Universe.

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