The Batman director and co-writer Matt Reeves explained why Robert Pattinson's Caped Crusader won't meet Joaquin Phoenix's Harlequin of Hate from 2019's Joker anytime soon.
During an interview with Total Film, Reeves addressed whether the idea of a crossover had been tossed around. "Not really."
"I was finishing the Planet of the Apes movies when I first came on board, which is 2017. It's been five years in the making. When I was working on the script and got deep into the script, Joker hadn't come out yet. I didn't know what Joker was or what it was going to be.”
Reeves concluded by saying Joker "was always meant to be a very specific standalone" film.
"There was never really any discussion of crossover," Reeves added.
"But it was interesting to see that we were trying to ground our stories and that audiences were excited about the fact that you could take Gotham and make it feel so much like our world. That was something from the beginning that I had wanted to do."
While The Batman may not see any crossovers in the near future, Reeves recently brought up his plans for a "Batverse," noting that "the idea, of course, is that Gotham's story never ends."