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The Batman Fan Art Adds Joaquin Phoenix's Joker to Robert Pattinson's DC Universe

Two talented fans of The Batman created a gorgeous poster for an imagined sequel that features a crossover with the 2019 film Joker.

Posted to Instagram, the fan-made image is a collaborative effort between artists tmy_arts and the_ps_creations. The poster is a stylistic rendition of Robert Pattinson's Batman standing in front of Joaquin Phoenix's Joker, equipped with his iconic red and orange suit. The shards of shattered glass all feature images of The Clown Prince of Crime inspired by the Oscar-nominated film. The detailed, cel-shaded depictions stand out against the grim background of a rain-soaked Gotham City.

While the idea of Phoenix's Joker appearing in the world of The Batman makes sense given the similarly gritty tone of both films, director Matt Reeves has already confirmed that Arthur Fleck was never intended to appear in the movie. When asked if he'd ever thought of a potential crossover, Reeves responded that he had never considered it. "I was finishing the Planet of the Apes movies when I first came on board, which is 2017, " said Reeves. "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. "There was never really any discussion of crossover.

While a formal crossover had never been discussed, Reeves added that it was encouraging to see how audiences responded to Joker. "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," said Reeves. "That was something from the beginning that I had wanted to do."

While Phoenix's harrowing portrayal of The Joker may not appear in the world of The Batman, that doesn't mean the Caped Crusader's nemesis won't feature in any future movies. Reeves recently confirmed that Barry Keoghan will portray The Joker after his brief cameo in The Batman. Speaking to his role, Keoghan said, "Matt Reeves and Dylan Clark especially and together were amazing to me—really, really amazing to me. And, you know, getting to be part of the Batman universe is [a huge deal for me]. I'm a fanboy of these movies, and especially the Batman universe. So be to be in that world, I’m still pinching myself."

The Batman is now showing in cinemas.

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