The Joker, directed by Todd Phillips and starring Joaquin Phoenix, was one of the greatest surprises of the decade when it opened in theatres at the end of 2019. The narrative of Arthur Fleck, a troubled loner driven by circumstances and his own shattered psyche to become Gotham’s most renowned criminal, was depicted in a different continuity (not to mention a different time period) from the other films in the DC Movie Universe.
The film’s list of awards and accolades is vast and increasing.
In its first six weeks of release, Joker became the first R-rated film to reach the $1 billion barriers at the global box office, the most successful comic book film of all time, and the greatest October opening weekend of all time. More than a dozen Academy Award nominations including Best Picture.
When The Hollywood Reporter reported in November 2019 that Phillips and his co-writer Scott Silver were discussing a sequel to Fleck’s narrative, with Phoenix returning the part, Phillips said he had no intention of doing so.
There have been no discussions on a Joker sequel, according to Deadline sources, following the publication of THR’s article. Toby Emmerich and Phillips never met up, according to a report in the Hollywood Reporter, which stated that Phillips had proposed a slate of dark DC Comics villain pictures to Emmerich.
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Release Date For Joker 2
Obviously, we don’t know when Joker 2 will be out because the parties involved haven’t even started talking yet. For a Joker sequel, Phillips and Silver are likely to take their time writing the most engaging tale imaginable. We don’t even know when the film may begin production. It is likely that the writing process will be one of the most time-consuming portions of any sequel’s journey.
If the film does get a sequel, everyone involved has a tremendous interest to ensure that it is well-received and well-received in the critical and box office arenas. First-movie fans will still exist two or three years from now and Joker’s imprint on pop culture isn’t likely to have vanished by then.
That so, the production of Joker was more streamlined than is normally the case for comic book films. The film was shot in just over a month, and post-production went much more quickly because there were no CGI set pieces to be added, unlike practically every other comic book movie ever made.
It’s possible that, in the best-case scenario, Joker 2 may debut in early 2021 at a comparable early October period, especially if the recent kerfuffle prompts the parties involved to the bargaining table reasonably quickly. Of course, we’ll be on the lookout for any official announcements about Joker 2, and we’ll be swarming to your door with the news as soon as we have it.
Joker 2 Cast Members
Even if Joker 2 is announced tomorrow, we don’t know who the rest of the cast will be, but we’re confident that Phoenix will return to further explore Fleck’s psyche if it does. Phillips has made it quite plain that he would not consider a sequel unless Phoenix, the star of the original film, is on board.
Robert Pattinson is the only other person we know for sure won’t appear in Joker 2 if the film receives a green light. Matt Reeves’ forthcoming film, The Batman, will have Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne, although Phillips has clearly hinted that Pattinson’s Bruce Wayne and Phoenix’s Arthur Fleck reside in totally separate time periods.
If Pattinson’s Dark Knight might make an appearance in a Joker sequel, Phillips was clear when asked at the Toronto International Film Festival: “No, certainly not.” Since the film’s relationship to the DC canon is convoluted, this makes perfect sense.
Joker 2 Plotline
Attempting to predict the narrative of a possible Joker sequel at this time would be an exercise in pure speculation. Of course, we can make some reasonable assumptions, but most of them have to do with what the film won’t be.
Phillips’ statements at TIFF confirmed that the picture will not be about Batman in any way, shape, or form. Wayne did appear in Joker as a youngster, but it’s probable that Bruce Wayne would still be in Bat-middle school throughout the events of a prospective sequel, given that Phillips has been explicit that any follow-up would just continue Arthur’s tale.
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Any sequel to Gotham will be unlikely to feature any other Gotham supervillains, as Phillips has made it clear that Arthur is the only one who matters. Another crafty and cackling menace to Gotham may be introduced in a Joker sequel instead of only Arthur: the genuine Joker.
The idea that Arthur isn’t the Joker we’re all acquainted with has been floating around since before the publication of Joker, and it’s something fans have debated about since then. The hypothesis is appealing on its own terms, but Phillips’ reference to it in the aftermath of Joker’s massive success gave it a lot more weight than it had previously had.
Unprompted, Phillips mentioned the notion in a wide-ranging interview with The Los Angeles Times.
There are several ways to look at this film, according to the filmmakers. “‘This is just another one of his multiple-choice tales,’ you could think. Nothing of the kind occurred… I’ve shown it to a number of individuals who have said, ‘Oh, I understand it. He simply invented the tale. The joke is on us the whole time. It’s the Arkham Asylum inmate’s concoction. Perhaps he isn’t even the Joker at all. Perhaps the Joker was influenced by Joaquin Phoenix’s persona. In reality, you have no idea.”
We don’t, but Phillips, Silver, and Phoenix have a chance to clear everything up for us if Joker 2 is given to us. Is there a chance we’ll get to see the real Joker in a sequel? Only time will tell if this is the case.