Date Set for “Joker,” the Joaquin Phoenix-Starred Follow-Up

Todd Phillips has formally confirmed the news that his Joker film will have a sequel, more than a year after the whispers first surfaced. The author and director confirmed a second movie is in the works in a post on Instagram, and it also provides the working title: Joker: Folie à Deux.

The Joker 2 script’s cover image, which is a vivid red color appropriate for the title character of the movie, is seen in the post’s two images by Phillips. It reveals that Scott Silver and Phillips are writing the script once more. The second image shows Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker, smoking, with the open screenplay in his hand.

Despite the fact that Joker: Folie à Deux’s plot is unknown to the general public, the title does hint at what may be in store. A “rare delusional disorder shared by two or more people with close emotional links” is referred to as a “folie à deux.”

Even casual viewers and the majority of fans are aware that Harley Quinn has connections to the Joker. So it becomes sense to assume that Phillips might introduce Harley to his movies. The most recent actress to play Harley in a live-action film is Margot Robbie, but given that she appeared alongside Jared Leto’s Joker in Suicide Squad, it’s likely that a different actress would take on the role if Harley were to make an appearance in Joker 2.

Date Set for "Joker," the Joaquin Phoenix-Starred Follow-Up
Joker © Warner Bros. Pictures

With the announcement that Warner Brothers Discovery wouldn’t be releasing Batgirl, many DC fans have had a gloomy 24 hours. However, the release date for Joker: Folie A Deux has been made public for those DC fans hoping for some sort of positive news. According to Deadline, the highly successful comic book film’s sequel will be released in theaters on October 4, 2024. This indicates that the sequel to Joker will be released on the first movie’s fifth anniversary.

Given that Joker utterly smashed the box office when it was released in October 2019, this makes perfect sense. With a monster opening weekend gross of $94 million, the Joker’s dominance only extended after that. Over $1 billion was made at the global box office by the time the movie finished its run. When Joker was first launched, it seemed like a one-off, but because money talks, a sequel was soon in the works.

The planned sequel’s narrative is still largely unknown, but Todd Phillips, who directed the first movie, and Joaquin Phoenix, who starred in it, will return.

In addition, as was previously reported, there are rumors that WB is considering casting Lady Gaga as their Harley Quinn. In a strange turn of events, it was also mentioned in that same source that the movie would be a musical. Given the dark, rated-R criminal drama tone of the first movie, this surprised many fans. Joker has been many things over the years, but WB hasn’t officially verified this as of yet. He has been a brutal killer, a silly clown, and has even been heard singing.

By the time the first movie’s credits rolled, many things were still up for debate. It was one of those introspective tales that made you wonder if the events depicted in the film had occurred or if they were all in The Joker’s imagination. This sequel seems to be delving even deeper into crazy, judging by the name Folie A Deux, which is related to a “rare delusional disease shared by two or more persons with close emotional links.” A bloody musical may be just what the doctor ordered to set the sequel apart from the critically praised first one, and that title strengthens the speculation that Harley will be featured in this movie.

While DC fans are now going through a difficult time, we can find comfort in the knowledge that Joker 2 is progressing apace. Fans have plenty of time to view and dissect Joker starting in October 2024. HBO Max now has that creative retelling of the legendary DC villain available for streaming. the trailer is below: