– by Anthony Esteves

Hype is building as we approach the release date of the highly anticipated Todd Philips film Joker. The film, starring Joaquin Phoenix as the titular character, made an impact erectly as it won top honors at the Venice Film Festival. However, one thing that has circled the minds of fanboys and moviegoers alike is how this film will fit in the DC Extended Universe. Is it a prequel that connects to a growing story arc or is it a standalone film?

Phillips, the director of the film, answered that question during a Q&A at the Toronto International Film Festival:

“It’s not really connected to that [DC Movie] Universe. And it was really intentionally not. I mean the original idea when I went to [Warner Bros.] with the idea was not just about one movie, but about a label – sort of a side label to DC, where you can do these kind of character study, low-rent, low-budget movies, where you get a filmmaker to come in and do some deep dive into a character. So it was never meant to connect, so I don’t see it connecting to anything in the future. I think this is just this movie, you know?”

Related – Todd Phillips Says He Never Considered Leonardo DiCaprio For Joker Role

After the release of Joker, the DC Extended Universe’s future film slate includes Wonder Woman 1984Birds Of Prey, as well as reboots for Suicide Squad and Batman. While Wonder Woman 1984 will continue the Amazonian’s story arc that first began in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, it is believed that these other films will have stories that are not connected to previous arcs. “One shot” trades are common in the comic book world and readers are accustomed to them. However, making the equivalent in the film medium could confuse moviegoers who aren’t akin to superhero stories that are not connected to each other (like the Marvel Cinematic Universe).

Joker hits theaters Friday, October 4th.

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Source: Comicbook.com