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Todd Phillips confirms Joker sequel is coming

June 8th, 2022 by Marc Comments

Well, we suspected for some time now that Todd Phillips and Joaquin Pheonix would be reuniting on a Joker sequel and now it’s been confirmed.

Taking to social media last night, Phillips shared two images related to the new movie.

The first image, left, was the cover of the script for the new movie which has Phillips and Scott Silver down as writers, the date of May 18th, 2022 when it was finished and the title of the movie: Joker: Folie à Deux.

What is Folie à Deux, I hear you ask?

Well, in French it means Madness of two, in English it translates to a ‘rare delusional disorder shared by 2 or more people with close emotional ties.’

And I don’t think it’s too much to believe that this could be a big, big clue about what the movie is going to be about. There were plenty of people speculating that the person sharing the madness with emotional ties is clearly Batman and then pondering about us getting another Batman, joining Ben Affleck, Michael Keaton and Robert Pattinson as an onscreen Dark Knight.

But I don’t think so; I don’t think, given that we met Bruce Wayne as a young boy in the first Joker movie, that we’ll see a Batman in this universe, at least not for many, many years. No I think the madness and closeness is going to be shared by one Harleen Quinzel, yes, I think Phoenix’s Joker may be getting his Harley Quinn in the second movie.

However… there is another possibility.

I have speculated in the past that the Joker we see in the first movie may be the first Joker but not THE Joker. You’ll recall that by the end of the movie Joker had inspired a movement and perhaps one of the Jokers that comes down the line will be the one to eventually come up against this world’s Batman. Adding to this, rrecently, whilst doing press tours for Spider-man: No Way Home, Willem DaFoe, right, was asked (here) if there was any other comic book characters he’d love to play and not only did he say Joker, he had a great idea for it: “There is something interesting about, like, if there was a Joker imposter,” he said.

“So it would be possible to have not duelling Jokers but someone that says to be the Joker that isn’t the Joker. And that kind of opens up the possibility of an interesting story, particularly if you had Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker, and then you had someone who was either imitating or riffing off what he did. I fantasised about that.”

Could we see another Joker? Perhaps a war of Jokers? Someone who shares Phoenix’s Joker’s delusions perfectly and wants his crack at the title? I mean, it’s a great idea and with those two, it would be an epic watch.

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Phillips shared a second image, below, of Phoenix reading the script, dismissing any potential chat of him not returning or being replaced. It’s great news that he’s back as this fresh, unique on the iconic villain.

On a potential sequel, Phoenix recently said: “You know, this [Joker] is an interesting guy. There are some things we could do with this guy and could [explore] further,” it looks like we’ll see what he meant by that soon enough.

No word on when Joker: Folie à Deux will hit screens but we’re already pacing in anticipation.

Director Todd Phillips’ original, standalone origin story JOKER explores the world of—and according to—Arthur Fleck. Indelibly portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, Arthur is a man facing the cruelty and outright scorn of society, along with the indifference of a system that allows him to spiral from vulnerability into depravity. A clown-for-hire by day, he strives to be a stand-up comic at night. But he finds that the joke always seems to be on him. He’s out of tune with everyone around him, as evidenced by his uncontrollable, inappropriate laughter.  Which gains momentum as he attempts to contain it, exposing him to further ridicule—and even violence.

Arthur, who devotes himself to caring for his fragile mother, seeks out every father figure he has never had. From wealthy businessman Thomas Wayne, to TV host Murray Franklin. He’s caught in a cyclical existence teetering on the precipice of reality and madness. One bad decision brings about a chain reaction of escalating, ultimately deadly, events.

Joaquin Phoenix stars as the titular villain with Zazie Beetz (DEADPOOL 2), Bill Camp (RED SPARROW, MOLLY’S GAME), Frances Conroy (AMERICAN HORROR STORY), Brett Cullen (NARCOS), Glenn Fleshler (BARRY), Douglas Hodge (PENNY DREADFUL), Marc Maron (GLOW), Josh Pais (MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN), and Shea Whigham (FIRST MAN). Robert De Niro also appears as Murray Franklin.

Todd Phillips (THE HANGOVER trilogy) directs from a screenplay he co-wrote with writer Scott Silver (THE FIGHTER), based on characters from DC. Phillips and Bradley Cooper produce under their Joint Effort banner, along with Emma Tillinger Koskoff. Richard Baratta, Joseph Garner, and Bruce Berman also executive produce.

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….