“It’s A Beautiful Gotham.”
Director Todd Phillips wants to see someone make a Batman movie in the Joker version of Gotham that he created.
Phillips’ Joker won’t have anything to do with Matt Reeves’ The Batman, which is set to star Robert Pattinson. However, he does believe there could be a good movie set within the Gotham he created out there somewhere.
Phillps said –
“It’s a beautiful Gotham. What I would like to see someone tackle is what Batman looks like from that Gotham. I’m not saying I’m going to do that. What was interesting to me about the inclusion of Batman in our movie was, ‘What kind of Batman does that Gotham make?’ That’s all I meant by that.”
Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Phillps’ Joker went on to receive solid reviews from critics and grossed more than $1 billion worldwide, making it the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time.
According to a report by Digital Spy, the film could have had an ending that was even more twisted than the original. According to director Kevin Smith, who was discussing the ending on his Fatman Beyond podcast, Phillips also created an alternative ending that would have seen Joker much more involved in the killings in a way that drastically changed the origin story. Smith said –
“Originally, the ending in the hospital was different,”
“He’s in the hospital and he laughs, chuckles, and he says, ‘I was just thinking of something funny.’ What was supposed to happen was you flashed back to the death of Thomas and Martha Wayne and it was him killing Thomas and Martha Wayne and the boy was screaming and crying and he turned to walk away and he turned back, shrugged, and shot the kid. Credits.”
Will there be a Joker sequel? Will Pattinson ever square up with Phoenix?