Todd Phillips has officially verified the announcement of a sequel to Joker, which has been rumored for over a year. The writer and director revealed the current title of the film in an Instagram post, which not only confirms that a sequel is in the works but also confirms that it will be called Joker: Folie à Deux.
The Joker Returns for a Second Round
The post shared by Todd includes two photographs, one of which is the cover of the Joker 2 script. The cover is a vibrant red color, which is appropriate for the protagonist of the film. Phillips and Scott Silver will rewrite the screenplay, according to the report.
The second photograph is a black-and-white portrait of Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker, holding an open screenplay while smoking and wearing spectacles.
Here’s the Instagram post that Phillips had shared with his fans:
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In 2019, the first Joker film was released as a stand-alone picture that took place outside of any of the main Batman film time frames. Both “The Joker” and “The Batman” have their separate continuity from the other DC movies in order.
The film reframed the legendary Batman villain as an anti-hero character study about Arthur Fleck, a poor comic and part-time clown performer who becomes a heroic figure in Gotham City after committing startling acts of violence.
Despite being moody, dark, and lacking the normal action beats of superhero films, the picture was a big global blockbuster, generating over $1 billion worldwide.
It was nominated for 12 Academy Awards, including best film, best director (Phillips), and best-adapted screenplay (Phillips and Silver). Phoenix took up the award for the best performer, while Hildur Gunadóttir took home the award for best original score.
While there are no plot specifics regarding Joker: Folie à Deux available to the public, the title does give some insight into what to expect. A “rare delusional disorder shared by two or more people with intimate emotional links” is referred to as “folie à deux.”
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Harley Quinn, to Become a Part of Phoenix’s Joker Universe?
Harley Quinn is a figure with ties to the Joker that most fans and even casual viewers are familiar with. As a result, it’s a safe bet that Phillips will include Harley in one of his films.
Given how profoundly Arthur Fleck’s troubled psyche was explored in the previous film, bringing Harley into the equation could drive him insane as he discovers his full Joker identity.
Depending on who Warner Bros. casts in this universe, the sequel might focus on the early phases of their relationship, akin to the flashback sequences from Margot Robbie and Jared Leto’s 2016 film Suicide Squad.
Margot Robbie is the most recent actress to play Harley in a live-action film, but given her pairing with Jared Leto’s Joker in Suicide Squad, it’s likely that if Harley is presented in Joker 2, she’ll be played by a new actress.
Despite widespread skepticism regarding its message, Joker was well-received by fans and critics alike.
Irrespective of how the details pan out, fans are eager to see what Phillips and Phoenix have in store for the Clown Prince’s next solo adventure after the first film surpassed the billion-dollar milestone. Here’re some of the tweets shared by the fans ever since they got a hint about the sequel:
Honestly, I'm so happy that a sequel is confirmed! I loved JOKER (2019). That movie was a masterpiece, Joker is one of my favorite DC Villains. As a person with mental health, comedic personality, and a clown… I'm happy to hear this news. #Joker2 #FolieÀDeux pic.twitter.com/FOq8eRm0Z8
— Creature The Demon (@CreatureTheDem1) June 8, 2022
Here’s another one asking us all to Joker Harder:
Joker Era 2: Joker Harder pic.twitter.com/kSBzxLMYz1
— 📺 S Y N T H 📺 (@SynthicideLive) June 8, 2022
While the production schedule for Joker 2 is yet unknown, more information is expected to emerge in the coming months as Warner Bros. seeks to expand the Joker’s legacy.
While we wait for further information about Joker: Folie à Deux, you may watch the first part of Phoenix’s Joker on HBO Max outside USA.