Letâ€™s face it, the DC Extended Universe never quite hit the heights it was supposed to.
While Man Of Steel, Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, Justice League, Aquaman and Shazam all had good moments, whenever they came together it never captured the interest of the cinematic community quite like the efforts over at Marvel.
In recent years, DC made the decision to move away from their Extended Universe. Instead theyâ€™ve focused on making their individual movies feel more distinctive rather than trying to pack as many characters as they could into each of them.
Joker is a perfect example of this alteration, as it is completely unique and stands alone as its own movie. Director Todd Phillips has now admitted thatâ€™s exactly why he decided to set Joker in 1981, because he wanted to make sure that it didnâ€™t connect to the DC Extended Universe in any way whatsoever.
In a recent interview withÂ Cinemablend, Phillips was asked why Joker was set in 1981, and he explained, â€œOne reason was to separate it quite frankly, from the DC universe.â€
â€œWhen I pitched to Warner Brothers, and handed the script in, to sort of make it clear, this isn’t f***ing with anything you have going on. This is like a separate universe. So much so, it takes place in the past, before everything else.â€
But does that mean that Phoenixâ€™s Joker could eventually crossover with other DC characters? Phillips is still being rather coy, as he toldÂ IGN, â€œWe have no plans for a sequel. 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.â€
Joker is released on October 4.