Joaquin Phoenix's Joker And Robert Pattinson's Batman Won't Meet, Director Says

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The red carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff), which leads up to the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, is stained with dashed hopes and splatters of blood "n" sweat of actors who gave their all to a role but got nothing in return, because the film carrying them just wasn't worth it. At the same time, the director didn't shy away from discussing how his movie departed from the traditional superhero playbook.

Joker is more a B-grade beauty than a film in the league of Christopher Nolan's very noir The Dark Night Trilogy.

GameSpot's Joker review scored the comic book movie a 10/10.

De Niro said he "understood all the connections" but had signed up for the project because of director Phillips.

Could we be looking at a Batman-less version of the Joker getting his own series of movies? "It was never meant to connect", he insisted at the Q&A. EW's review of Joker took the unusual step of not grading the film, noting, "entertainment doesn't exist in a vacuum, and a movie with the message this one hammers home again and again - that life is nasty and short; that no one cares; that you might as well burn it all down - feels too volatile, and frankly too scary, to separate from the very real violence committed by young men like Joaquin Phoenix's Arthur Fleck in America nearly every day". As for Pattinson's Batman movie, the Matt Reeves-directed film is scheduled to come to cinemas in 2021.

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"I don't know who's really giving me this award, or why", he told the audience at the Fairmont Royal York. With Martin Scorsese on the production team, this is quite understandable and again makes it feel like the movie is in capable and creative hands. "And I am indebted to him for that because acting has given me such an incredible life".

"Watching those clips, I thought about my family, my sisters Rain and Liberty and Summer, who are still my best friends".

Phoenix also paid tribute to his late brother River Phoenix, telling a separate festival prize-giving gala how River had made him watch Robert De Niro's Raging Bull as a teenager and told him he was going to be an actor.

What initially appeared to be a curious experiment is shaping up to be a sure thing, at least in terms of box office. And that's no joke.

Joker hits theaters on October 4.

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