Breaking out of his comedy genre, Todd Philips directed the much-loved Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix as the titular character alongside Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, and Frances Conroy. The film was gritty and dark, a staple for DC films but largely believed to be done well this time.
The film paid homage to Martin Scorcese’s Taxi Driver and The King of Comedy as it followed the life of a battered down clown performer named Arthur Fleck who struggles to find work and happiness in an indifferent and divided world.
Joker 2 is in the works
Since the release of the first film, fans had been rallying to see more of the universe and so it has returned. Confirming her role as Harley Quinn in the film, Lady Gaga tweeted to tease the sequel of Joker, titled Joker: Folie à Deux.
Joker: Folie à Deux
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) August 4, 2022
The movie is set to be a musical, utilizing the talents of Lady Gaga, unlike the previous film which was a dark character study of a troubled person. Considering this is Joaquin Phoenix’s first sequel movie, it’ll be interesting to see if he can transport his character through films.
DC stuck in the muck
Considering the concerning state DC films have been since its reboot with Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, the situation has not improved even after a decade. Batgirl was canceled, DC League of Super-Pets has lived up to expectations and Ezra Miller is always caught up in a controversy.
The announcement of Joker’s sequel should put the fans at ease as alongside Matt Reeves’ Batman, it was one of the few successful DC films that Warner Bros. has released recently.
Joker: Folie à Deux is announced to release on 4th October 2024