After years of speculation and rumors, it is finally confirmed that 2019’s DC standalone movie Joker will get a sequel. Writer and director Todd Phillips shared the first look at the screenplay, revealing the official title — Joker: Folie á Deux — which translates to Joker: Madness for Two! Phillips also confirmed that Joaquin Phoenix will return as the titular character by sharing a photo of Phoenix reading the first draft of the script. You can check both photos down below:
The Joker movie was released in 2019 and it became of the most successful DC movies ever. It grossed $1.074 billion worldwide against a $70 million budget, which makes it the highest-grossing R-rated movie ever. The movie received critical acclaim, and it was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay. The movie won two Academy Awards, for Best Actor (Phoenix) and Best Original Score, composed by Hildur Guðnadóttir.
The talks about the sequel started almost immediately after DC saw what kind of hit they have. There were a lot of rumors and speculations about the sequel, but now we finally have a legit announcement, although, some viewers thought that the first movie doesn’t need a sequel. The first movie was a massive success, so it’s not a surprise that WB and DC want more of Phoenix’s Joker, we can only hope that Phillips has a story good enough to justify the sequel and live up to the name of Joker.
While WB and DC are still trying to put their DCEU back together, Joker was a standalone film set in Gotham City during the ’80s. While it’s unlikely that we’re ever going to see Jared Leto as DCEU’s Joker again, Phoenix will now definitely return. And let’s not forget about Barry Keoghan, who played the Clown Prince of Crime this year in Matt Reeve’s The Batman starring Robert Pattinson earlier this year. The sequel for The Batman is also in development, and while the first movie teased Joker’s appearance in the sequel, we are now hoping that The Batman 2 will bring some new villains because it would be just too much of Joker if he returns as the main villain in The Batman as well. Of course, we still don’t know when The Batman 2 or Joker 2 will be released.