Joker is one of – if not the – most original comic book movie to be borne out of the genre, but despite all the possibilities of the DC universe, it’s unlikely that fans will see Joaquin Phoenix reprise his role as Arthur Fleck in another context.

Although a sequel to Joker isn’t entirely off the cards – and a connection to Robert Pattinson’s Batman isn’t beyond the realms of possibility – the film’s director Todd Phillips has insisted that his Joker will “never” fight Batman.

Speaking to LA Times, Phillips said of any future battle between Arthur Fleck and Bruce Wayne: “We would never do that. No, no.”

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When asked where any potential Joker follow-up would take Phoenix’s character, Phillips added: “We’d just want to see where he goes from there.”

While Todd Phillips has been suitably vague about Joker’s future (or lack thereof), Joaquin recently admitted that he “can’t stop thinking about” his comic book role, despite never imagining it as his “dream” job.

“I talk to Todd a lot about what else we might be able to do,” he continued. “In general, just working together, but also specifically, ‘Is there something else with Joker that might be interesting?'”

Despite conceding that the possibilities for where Arthur could go seem “endless”, the actor added that he “doesn’t know” if there really is a place for his character.

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