Joaquin Phoenix Is Ready To Play The Joker Again In A Sequel

Alfie PowellAlfie Powell in Entertainment, Film
Published 09.10.19

After playing the Joker in the critically acclaimed Joker, Joaquin Phoenix has said that he would like to play the Clown Prince of Crime again in a Joker sequel.

I would say that the critical reception for Joker was pretty split down the middle, but I think that would be a lie.

Most people I know who have seen Joker loved it, and most of the rest I follow on Twitter feel the same way. The only few I’ve noticed who weren’t fans were the ones that thought the film’s attitude towards mental health issues was off the mark or that it promoted Gary Glitter’s music.

Nonetheless, many have dubbed the film a masterpiece and have debated whether Joaquin Phoenix should get the coveted Oscars nod, bringing a haunting and real element to his portrayal of the character, the likes of which we’ve need seen since the late Heath Ledger‘s 2008 performance.

On top of that, doting fans are also eager to get a sequel of the Joker origin story, and while at first it seemed unlikely we’d get something like that – with Phoenix being more of a one-off arthouse actor than a huge-scale franchise performer, he recently spoke about his love for the character.

Will there be a second Joker movie with Joaquin Phoenix?

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.

possible joker 2 starring joaquin phoenix

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.

Will Todd Phillips direct Joker 2?

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?

Get ready for Joker 2