Joker is a DC Comics film that exists outside of its cinematic world and features a rendition of the Batman villain that is substantially different from the ones we’ve encountered previously. It will be 3 years since the first Joker film was released, in October of this year. Now, after a lengthy period of conjecture and speculation, Todd Phillips, the movie’s director, and screenwriter has uploaded a picture of the script on Instagram. Here are some further details:
What happened in the first ‘Joker’ movie:
In 2019, the first Joker film was released as a stand-alone feature. Arthur Fleck, a depressed party clown in Gotham City, is pushed to the edge as he transforms into the Joker in this narrative. Although there were no plans for a successor, Phillips was supposedly contracted by Warner Bros. to create one. Joker was critically lauded at its initial release, earning 11 Oscar nominations and winning Best Actor and Best Original Score. IGN gave Joker a perfect score, describing it as “a film that should leave comic book fans and non-fans alike disturbed and moved in all the right ways”.
All we know about the ‘Joker’ sequel:
While confirming that he’s currently working on Joker 2, Todd Philips also disclosed the title of the sequel: Folie à Deux. Together with Phillips’ picture of the script, he also included a snapshot of Joaquin Phoenix, who plays the Joker, reading the copy. Furthermore, @DiscussingFilm on Twitter also reaffirmed that Joker 2 is ‘in the works’. This appears to indicate that Phoenix will return to recreate his part in the 2019 movie’s sequel. Phillips’ co-writer Scott Silver, whose name appears on the sequel’s draft, is also back for the follow-up movie.
What the theme of Joker 2 will be, still remains a mystery. The title of Joker’s script, Folie à Deux, is a clinical word for a psychological disease that affects two or more people, generally within the same family. Based on the narrative of the previous film and the possibility that Thomas Wayne is the true father of the Joker, it’s very likely that this film will introduce Batman and tie him to Joker using the Folie à Deux concept, implying a relationship that goes beyond familial.