Joker is finally almost here, and as we’ve been told time and time again, this movie definitely, totally, absolutely isn’t connected to the broader DC movie universe, or even that upcoming standalone Robert Pattinson Batman movie. But is it really? We couldn’t help but wonder if Joker actually had a secret post-credits scene that links it to another movie — or even just gives fans a few more moments of Joaquin Phoenix’s twisted portrayal of the Clown Prince of Crime.
Now that we’ve finally seen Joker, we’re here to tell you everything you need to know about whether the movie has a post-credits scene and whether you should stick around after the ending. Here’s what you need to know with absolutely zero spoilers included.
Also read: Our spoiler-free Joker review.
Short answer: No. There’s no post-credits. As soon as those stylized words “The End” appear onscreen you can make a beeline for the exit. Go use the bathroom or return that missed call. Then keep reading for a bit more info on what Joker’s lack of a post-credits scene really means.
I don’t think it’s a spoiler to say that Todd Phillips wasn’t lying. The director of Joker repeatedly said that his non-superhero superhero movie wasn’t part of some extended universe, and he was telling the truth. There’s no Jason Mamoa cameo. No Birds of Prey teaser. It’s just a standalone story about a man who becomes a comic book villain as society burns around him.
Phillips has also made it pretty clear that we won’t be getting a Joker 2. This is a one-shot deal, and without spoiling anything about the movie, the lack of a post-credits scene definitely seems to suggest that’s still the plan. The movie could have easily teased something more for either Phoenix’s character or even the villains he inspires. Instead, it just ends.
What does that mean? Well, it looks like Phillips and Phoenix really have done the impossible. In an age of endless sequels, prequels, and reboots, they’ve told a comic book-inspired story on the big screen with almost zero chance for the story to continue after the credits role.
Joker hits theaters on October 4.