â€œNo, definitely not,â€ he told Variety when asked if the pair would appear in a future film together. Although that doesnâ€™t mean â€œJokerâ€ will be the last film to feature the DC super villain.
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â€œOddly, in the states, comic books are our Shakespeare it seems, and you can do many many versions of â€œHamlet,â€ Phillips said. â€œThere will be many more jokers, Iâ€™m sure, in the future.â€
â€œJokerâ€ actress Zazie Beetz shared her own take on the character a few days earlier, addressing accusations that the film might be too sympathetic toward the homicidal super villain.
â€œI think that itâ€™s really an empathy toward isolation and kind of what is our duty as a society I suppose to address people who slip through the cracks in a way,â€ she toldÂ Variety. â€œOf course, thereâ€™s a lot of culture of that right now. But I donâ€™t know if itâ€™s as much â€” is it empathy for that or is it an observation on personalities who struggle.â€
The Toronto International Film Festival premiere of the â€œJokerâ€ comes on the heels of the filmâ€™s recent accolades at the Venice Film Festival. After debuting to rave reviews, the film also took home the festivalâ€™s Golden Lion top prize.
â€œHonestly we just canâ€™t believe about the Venice thing,â€ Phillips said. â€œWeâ€™re still getting our footing.â€