Warner Bros. and DC had been as soon as infamous for holding a good grip on how their superhero IPs had been used. These days got here to finish after the failure of Justice League, although it’s solely now that we’re listening to the primary plans about how loopy the DCEU might quickly get.
Specifically, the announcement that Michael Keaton is in talks to reprise the Burtonverse Batman function, changing into a sort of DC Nick Fury equal that connects numerous realities collectively signifies that there are massive issues within the pipeline. 2022’s The Flash will apparently kick issues off in earnest, introducing the Multiverse and exhibiting how characters can transfer inside it. But when these gates will be opened, followers are instantly questioning what sort of tales we might see.
One chance is having Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker going up towards Batman. The timeline introduced in Joker appeared to preclude this, as Fleck met a 9-year-old Bruce Wayne throughout the film. That signifies that throughout the ‘Jokerverse,’ a younger 20-year-old Batman can be dealing with off with a Joker in his 60s.
But when the Multiverse turns into a factor, why couldn’t Phoenix’s Joker battle Robert Pattinson’s Batman? Or, hell, why couldn’t we see Michael Keaton’s Batman getting again into the rubber swimsuit to tangle with him?
Simply because Warner Bros. can do that although doesn’t essentially imply they need to. I’d be happy if we by no means noticed Phoenix’s Joker once more, as his story felt full after the pic ended. Crowbarring such a spectacular efficiency right into a superhero crossover simply looks like a money seize to me. Past that, it’s troublesome to see the sensible Gotham Metropolis of Joker stretching to embody interdimensional journey. And would Phoenix even signal on to reprise the function for such a wild departure from the Joker tone?
We’re already virtually sure that the sequel to The Batman will introduce a brand new Joker as nicely, so let’s save that one for leaping between alternate realities and let Phoenix’s proceed to excel in his personal separate cinematic world.