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How Robert Pattinson Just Sparked Speculation of Batman Crossover With Joaquin Phoenix's Joker

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 04: Robert Pattinson attends The Film Society of Lincoln Center's, Film Comment Free Talk for "High Life" at Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center on April 04, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)
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Sometimes it's not what is said that is so intriguing, but rather what is left out.

That is exactly what DC fans are clamoring over in Robert Pattinson's most recent interview for his Variety cover story. In his first lengthy sit-down since he was named the new Caped Crusader, the 33-year-old actor discussed the excitement he's feeling, as well as the criticism he's experiencing, in taking on the iconic superhero.

In his typical, cool-as-a-cucumber fashion, Pattinson said of the haters, "It’s much more fun when you’re an underdog. There’s no expectation of you."

But even though Pattinson always keeps himself collected in interviews, his excitement about his role made him say something he wasn’t quite supposed to when asked about Joaquin Phoenix’s newest rendition of his arch-enemy in Joker. Variety’s writer Ramin Setoodeh explained:

“At one point in our conversation, [Pattinson] offers a mundane comment about Joaquin Phoenix, who stars in Joker (a movie he hasn’t seen yet), before asking to retract it. ‘Oh s**t,’ he says, adding that he’s not accustomed to thinking about spoilers.”

Pattinson then told Setoodeh, “I definitely should not say that. I’m so used to pretty art-house movies, where you can watch the movie three times and still not know what it’s about.”

Fans have since exploded into speculation about the retraction, as reported by IndieWire, theorizing that what was removed was information about either a sequel, a possible crossover between Pattinson’s Batman and Phoenix’s Joker, or both.

I guess only time will tell if these two new actors to the classic characters will one day face each other on screen. Joker hits theaters Oct. 4, and The Batman will follow on June 25, 2021.