The award-winning Joaquin Phoenix film Joker is officially getting a sequel, with director Todd Phillips confirming that the second instalment’s working title will be Joker: Folie a Deux. Released back in 2019, the first Joker film was met with almost universal praise, achieving commercial and critical success, chalking up 11 Oscar nominations. Part of what made the film such a success was the standout and committed performance of Joaquin Phoenix, who was rewarded for his role as the tortured Arthur Fleck, a failed clown and aspiring stand-up comedian whose descent into insanity inspired a violent counter-cultural uprising.
Taking to Instagram earlier this week, director Todd Phillips made the announcement that the Joker was on his way back. The post included two photos, the first of which was simply a photo of the front cover of the script, while the second detailed lead actor Joaquin Phoenix reading through it.
This announcement also confirmed that the much-anticipated sequel will be co-written by himself and Scott Silver. Despite the first film originally being pitched as a stand-alone movie, it was reported last year that Warner Bros had signed Todd Phillips to develop a sequel.
While the film does follow some version of the classic DC comics villain, fans were treated to a very fresh and original take on the Clown Prince of Crime. The first film served as an origin story for Arthur Fleck and follows his transformation into the titular character. One that explores the social and economic state of Gotham City and ridicules provides a raw and unfiltered commentary on how the dynamics of power and wealth reinforce a divide between people and communities.
The title of the sequel, Folie a deux, could be a big hint at to what the film will explore. Folie a deux is defined as an identical or similar mental disorder that affects two or more individuals. Something to note is that the people affected are usually related or part of the same family. This leaves a giant door for theories about the film’s plot open for fans to dive right into. Given that the plot of the first film toys with the idea of Joker being the son of Thomas Wayne, the sequel could explore this further. Batman himself might even make an appearance.