DC Fandome: ‘Joker’ Takes Place In Its Own DC Universe; ‘The Batman’ Described As A “Year Two” Story

An interesting Multiverse 101 panel is taking place at DC Fandome right now, involving WB exec Walter Hamada, Chief Creative Officer Jim Lee, and Arrowverse creator Greg Berlanti. Much of the conversation has been about the crossing over of these many universes, including the recent appearance by Ezra Miller’s version of Barry Allen in The Flash tv series alongside Grant Gustin.

But the conversation went a bit further, with Hamada talking about the various universes in the DCEU. There has been some speculation in regards to last year’s hit movie, Joker, and whether it is truly a standalone or if it works in either the Justice League universe or that of Matt Reeves’ The Batman.

Hamada says, once and for all, that is not the case and Joker does not exist in either universe. It is completely separate from both, however since the discussion has been about crossing over, the door has to be open for Joaquin Phoenix’s take on the character to be seen elsewhere.

Another revelation from the panel is that The Batman will be year two for Robert Pattinson’s Bruce Wayne. When the movie was first announced, many thought it would be based on the Batman: Year One line of comics, but they will instead be jumping forward, perhaps to get away from expectations in adapting those stories.

The Batman hits theaters on October 1st 2021.


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