Joker came out on October 2, 2019. Todd Philips’s DC standalone character study was a highly acclaimed film. Joaquin Phoenix played the lead role and won an Academy Award for the same. It is one of the greatest movies based on a DC comic character. Now, the actor is set to return with the director in the sequel movie – Joker 2. Despite the prequel being an amazing character study and telling the tale of the origin of the Clown Prince of Crime, many cinephiles pointed out how heavily it borrows from the works of Martin Scorsese. And now, they are wondering which movies are they going to lift from.
Joker was inspired by two Martin Scorsese movies
Martin Scorsese is one of the best directors in Hollywood and follows his own auteur. His films are artistically powerful and personally relevant. He follows an experimental film style. Now, any cinephile can point out his auteur from the rest, and Joker seemed like a Martin Scorsese movie. That was because it was heavily inspired by two of them, Taxi Driver and The King of Comedy. It was even said that Scorsese was set to direct the movie, but dropped out.
Taxi Driver is a classic psychological film, it shows the psychological journey of the lead much like Joker. In both movies, the characters face turmoils and fall deeper into their craziness. And nobody around them could care. And the King of Comedy is a dark comedy movie. It was about an aspiring comedian, who is obsessed with a talk show host. Sounds familiar? And all three movies leave the audience guessing whether what they saw is real or just in the head of the protagonist.
Fans troll asking which Scorsese movie they ripped off for the sequel
Now, with the announcement of the sequel of Joker, fans have been trolling the director and asking which movies by Martin Scorsese are they copying this time. Not just Taxi Driver and The King of Comedy, Joker was inspired by a number of other works by Martin Scorsese as well. This forces the Scorsese fans to wonder which movies it’s going to be this time. Check out some of the tweets.
The first Joker was literally just Taxi Driver and The King of Comedy. What two Martin Scorsese movies should Joker 2 copy this time?
— Jordan Woodson 🔜 Tribeca @ Home (@jordanjwoodson) June 7, 2022
Each Joker movie will combine 2 random Martin Scorsese movies. Joker 2 is going to be Wolf of Wall Street meets Last Temptation of Christ pic.twitter.com/Kth0H7EjgP
— Mango Feet/Larry Feltub (@LFeltub) June 7, 2022
The biggest surprise at #DCFanDome was the announcement of a surprise sequel to Todd Phillips’ JOKER, titled JOKER 2: ELECTRIC JOKEALOO. It will center around the War of Jokes and Riddles storyline, and be a shot for shot remake of Martin Scorsese’s GANGS OF NEW YORK
— Jeff Ewing (@ReelJeffEwing) August 22, 2020
BREAKING: Jack Nicholson, Jared Leto and Mark Hamill to reprise their respective Joker roles in Todd Philips’ ‘JOKER 2.’
The film is said to take inspiration from the Martin Scorsese film, ‘THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST’ and Marvel Studios’ ‘SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME.’ pic.twitter.com/ldDuwYcPJy
— Le Cinéphiles (@LeCinephiles) June 3, 2022
The movie was announced by the director, Todd Philips, through an Instagram post. Joaquin Phoenix is reprising his role and the movie is titled on the script cover, “Joker: Folie a Deux”. It is in its early stages of development.