A video allegedly from the set of Joker depicts the Batmobile being transported to a filming location. While Warner Bros. is continuing to produce movies that are set in the established DCEU continuity (see: Aquaman and Wonder Woman 1984), they're also trying something a little different for their DC Comics properties. The studio is launching a new line reportedly called DC Dark or DC Black, which will specialize in standalone titles that are completely disconnected from the Justice League shared universe. Joaquin Phoenix is portraying the Clown Prince of Crime, and filming is underway.
Joker promises to be a fresh take on comic book adaptations, taking cues from Martin Scorsese crime dramas and allegedly pursuing an R rating. And since this is an origin story focusing on how Arthur Fleck became the iconic villain fans know and love, it seemed like he wouldn't cross paths with his nemesis, the Batman. But if the latest set video is anything to go by, there is in fact a Dark Knight protecting the streets of Gotham.
A video posted by YouTube user THEMAJESTIRIUM1 shows the Batmobile on a truck, being driven to a Newark, New Jersey location for Joker filming. Longtime Batman fans will recognize the design as being identical (or at the very least, extremely similar) to the classic Adam West version from the 1960s.
This revelation is quite surprising. Based on set photos, Joker is set during a time when Brett Cullen's Thomas Wayne is running for Gotham mayor, insinuating Bruce Wayne's parents are alive and well. Of course, Bruce doesn't become Batman until after witnessing his parents' murders, so it would be understandable if there was some confusion over this. It's possible Joker is taking inspiration from Flashpoint - where Thomas is Batman following Bruce's death - but that's merely speculation at this point. Another circumstance worth keeping in mind is the Batmobile being driven to a car show and is coincidentally going through the area where Joker is being filmed. Time will tell, but it's best not to jump to any conclusions right now.
If Joker does indeed feature Batman in any capacity, it'll be interesting to see if director Todd Phillips takes to social media to make any reveals or announcements himself. As principal photography geared up, he unveiled the first official looks at Phoenix (including the celebrated clown makeup test) and Zazie Beetz in order to get the jump on the paparazzi that has already taken a bevy of photos and videos from the set. WB probably wanted any Batman connections in Joker to be a surprise (after all, the film is about a year away still), but now the cat could be out of the bag.
- Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018
- Shazam! (2019) release date: Apr 05, 2019
- Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) release date: Jun 05, 2020
- Joker (2019) release date: Oct 04, 2019
- Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) release date: Feb 07, 2020