'The Batman': Matt Reeves explains why there will be no crossover with Joaquin Phoenix's 'Joker'

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'The Batman' is finally hitting theaters. The story about the early years of Bruce Wayne will show us a darker version than the other films about the Gotham vigilante. Of course, DC fans who hope that it has some connection with 'Joker' will be left with the desire, because Matt Reeves has made it clear that this is not going to happen.

The reason why his director explains that both stories will not intertwine is very simple: 'The Batman' began to prepare long before the film starring Joaquin Phoenix did. This is how Matt Reeves explained it for Total Film: "I was finishing 'War for the Planet of the Apes' when I joined ['The Batman'] in 2017. When I was working on the script, and going deeper into it, 'Joker' hadn't been released yet. I didn't know what 'Joker' was or what it was going to be."

He added, "When we were really into 'The Batman,' I became aware of 'The Joker,' and the fact that they were grounding things in a way that reminded me of what we were doing, but that wasn't planned." And he insisted that bringing them together was never an option: "'Joker' was always meant to be that standalone movie that Joaquin and Todd Phillips were doing. There was never a crossover discussion."


Pure Reboot

Not only will it have nothing to do with the Oscar-winning Phoenix movie, but it will also have no connection to the rest of the DC Extended Universe. Reeves was also very forceful with that: "I respect that the DC universe has expanded and all the movies are connected in some way. But another Batman movie should not carry the weight of connecting with the characters of all the others. No, I want them here."

Not even the films about Bruce Wayne will have anything to do with this according to the filmmaker, for whom it is a pure reboot: "I told Warner Bros. that they had to give me the freedom to make the definitive Batman movie. It was impossible launching halfway into a Batman, impossible to do as an amateur. I aimed for the stars. That doesn't mean we're going to get there, but if we go out without ambition, it's sure to be a disaster. I wouldn't have tolerated failing in the comic book character I love the most ".

'The Batman' has already been released in theaters.

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