When it came out, we were told that Joker was a one-off and we wouldn’t be getting a sequel.
All of this was before the film became the highest grossing R-rated movie of all time. We were spoon-fed the facts that Joker wasn’t connected to anything else and it was categorically a single-film franchise.
Again, that was before the film made a billion dollars.
With that, The Hollywood Reporter have revealed that a second film is in the works over at Warner Bros. with director and co-writer Todd Phillips returning alongside other writer Scott Silver, who worked on the first film.
Thus far, nothing is confirmed but it’s highly likely that Joaquin Phoenix would return. The critical reception of his performance was incredibly favourable, so a change in lead would not go down well with the masses.
On top of that, the actor recently spoke about how much he grew to love his latest role, saying that at first it wasn’t something that he was interested in, but it became something that captured his imagination more than he could have anticipated.
Speaking on Popcorn with Peter Travers, the Gladiator and Her actor said:
“I wouldn’t have thought of this as my dream role, but now, honestly, I can’t stop thinking about it.
“I talked to [director] Todd a lot about what else we might be able to do, in general, just working together, but also specifically, if there’s something else we can do with Joker that might be interesting.
“So, it ended up being a dream role. It’s nothing that I really wanted to do prior to working on this movie.”
Well that’s pretty encouraging.
Well it only gets better, with director Todd Phillips telling Total Film:
“One thing I will tell you: I would do anything with [Phoenix], any day of the week.
“There’s nobody like him. If he was willing to do [a sequel], and if people show up to this movie, and Warners came to us and said, ‘You know what? If you guys could think of something…’ Well, I have a feeling that he and I could think of something pretty cool.“
I mean it’s pretty much settled then, right?
Images via Warner Bros.
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