Joker 2 will arrive in theaters on October 4, 2024 according to Deadline. As previously reported, the title of the sequel is Joker: Madness for Two, which writer/director Todd Phillips apparently revealed in June.
The news comes on the heels of Warner Bros. Discovery unceremoniously unplugged Batgirl as it was deep in post-production, which means there’s still some solid Batman content to come. The Joker 2 subtitle translates to either “madness for two” or “madness shared by two”. It is a reference to a medical term for a mental disorder shared by two people, or a shared delusional disorder – or possibly hallucinations transmitted from one individual to another. All of this, in the context of the Oscar-winning 2019 film, could refer to how Arthur Fleck’s chaotic villainy is embraced by Gotham City in the first film. Or, it could also refer to Harley Quinn’s version of Joker meeting Phillips. Or even Batman, maybe. Who can say?
Phoenix will earn $20 million to reprise his role as the Clown Prince of Crime. And while we now have a title and release date, the plot of the film remains a mystery. Earlier this summer it was rumored – and still unconfirmed – that the film could be a musical starring Lady Gaga as Harley Quinn.
In addition to Phoenix, Joker also starred Robert De Niro, Zazi Beetz, and Frances Conroy. Because Joker wasn’t supposed to be such a commercial success, Warner Bros. sought outside investors to mitigate their risk if the film did not land. Warner Bros. also reportedly offered Phillips and star Phoenix lucrative back-end deals to reap the benefits of Joker’s supersized box office success – over $1 billion at the worldwide box office.
According The Hollywood ReporterPhillips may soon begin serving as an advisor on future DC projects for Warner Bros. As for Phoenix, he’ll play Napoleon Bonaparte in Ridley Scott’s Kitbag and he’ll star in Midsommar director Ari Aster’s new film, Disappointment Blvd.
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