It seems the rumours that Joker: Folie à Deux – the sequel to 2019’s Oscar-winning Joker – would be a very different proposition to its predecessor have been confirmed by a new teaser trailer dropped via director Todd Phillips’ Instagram account. For a couple of weeks, there have been mutterings, following a report from Variety, that the second flick focused on the Batman supervillain would trade the grim Scorsese-esque gangster aesthetic of the original for that of a musical, with Lady Gaga rumoured to take on the role of Joker sidekick/girlfriend Harley Quinn. Well, that rumour is now confirmed, so it’s safe to say that Joaquin Phoenix’s second stab at the role will be something quite new for the Clown Prince of Crime.
The trailer follows an attempt by Warner Bros. to bury the backlash from the Batgirl cancellation by announcing that Joker: Folie à Deux would hit theatres in 2024. Joaquin Phoenix is set to return as the notorious supervillain, with the sequel scheduled for the big screen on October 4, 2024, – precisely five years after the first film was released. However, think again if you expect a similar format and film style from director Todd Phillips.
While the original Joker was supposed to be a standalone flick, after grossing USD$335.4 million in the US and generating more than USD$1 billion globally, everyone suspected a second film was in the works. After his Oscar-winning performance, Phoenix was reportedly paid a staggering USD$20 million to reprise his role as Arthur Fleck, pocketing four times the amount he made for the first film.
Now that Batgirl has been put in superhero exile, Warner Bros. will be hoping Joker: Folie à Deux can rescue a wounded DC Comics division. The Suicide Squad, which opened simultaneously in theatres and on HBO Max in 2021, performed poorly at the box office, and DC League of Super-Pets fell short of expectations over the weekend. One shining light for DC has been The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson, which grossed USD$770 million at the global box office.
After his incredibly successful first crack, Todd Phillips is back in the director’s seat and will co-write the screenplay with Scott Silver. Will his new effort make it onto our list of the Best Superhero Movies of All Time?