Joker finally releases next month and the film is already gathering a lot of buzz from critics that were able to see it at the Venice Film Festival, where it won Best Picture.

During a Q&A session at the Toronto International Film Festival, writer/director Todd Phillips reaffirmed that the film indeed will be a standalone film onto itself (won’t connect to other movies) and invoked that Black Label corner of future DC Comics movies.

Allowing darker one-offs to explore character pieces rather than having them being beheld to the grander cinematic universe, which can be a headache for directors looking to craft their own vision.

Variety’s Ramin Setoodeh posted a video of the comments from Phillips at TIFF on his Twitter account.

Joker is already looking at domestic box office opening of between $85-105 million, which is massive given the film’s smaller budget of $55 million in comparison to the bigger DC outings that are costing the studio $150-200 million a pop.

The Black Label features certainly could end up netting Warner Bros. bigger profits in the long run and could allow directors a bit more creative freedom as well.

This would seemingly dispel fan theories that Joker could be setting up Matt Reeves’ The Batman or even a Flashpoint event movie.

However, Todd could most certainly come back to tackle another one of the DC characters in the future if he suddenly felt the need to explore the universe again.

The R-rated film is set to be released on October 4th.

Director Todd Phillips “Joker” centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone fictional story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck, who is indelibly portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, is of a man struggling to find his way in Gotham’s fractured society. A clown-for-hire by day, he aspires to be a stand-up comic at night…but finds the joke always seems to be on him. Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty, Arthur makes one bad decision that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events in this gritty character study.


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