The much-discussed and highly anticipated sequel to Joker has now been given a release date and title confirmed.
According to the term, (opens in new tab) Production on the sequel, now formally titled Joker: Folie à Deux, will begin in December, and the film will now hit theaters on October 4, 2024.
The release date was previously slated for a self-titled DC movie, now revealed as the second coming of Joaquin Phoenix’s Arthur Fleck.
As previously reported, Lady Gaga is expected to star opposite Phoenix in the role of Harley Quinn, the Joker’s longtime and volatile love interest, with the sequel moving away from the original’s gritty drama and turning it into a musical instead. become.
Folie à Deux is a psychiatric term that refers to shared psychosis between two or more individuals due to closeness, strongly suggesting the potential for a tragic, twisted love story between Phoenix’s Joker and Gaga’s Harley Quinn.
Todd Phillips, who directed the original, returns and co-wrote the script with Scott Silver.
In Variety’s report (opens in new tab)On the sequel, they indicate that Phoenix will earn a cool $20 million for reprising his role, with no details about Gaga’s paycheck being revealed so far.
No plot details about the sequel have yet been revealed, nor has there been any discussion about who will be composing the songs for the musical. Hildur Guðnadóttir won an Oscar for her score for the first film, but it is not yet known if she will return or if a more experienced musical type will be introduced.
Analysis: A Big Boost for the DC Universe?
Joker is a funny movie to categorize in that regard. On the one hand, it’s owned by DC, a DC character, and Warner Bros was overjoyed with the billion dollars it made at the box office. But it seemed like it was always destined to be alone.
Despite numerous references to the wider world of Batman in Phillips’ film, Joker’s setting and style and R rating made it unlikely that you would suddenly see Ben Affleck’s Batman appear.
The Batman sequel is in pre-production and director Matt Reeves has already ruled out the possibility of a crossover with Phoenix’s Joker. In large part, that’s because Reeves seemingly has his own plans for the character in his own franchise.
When it comes to coherence, DC movies have always lagged behind Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, with major collaborations like Justice League and Suicide Squad falling flat. In fact, when the characters are allowed to stand alone, without connecting to other tent poles, they have really blossomed and Joker is a perfect example of that.
In short, you’re unlikely to see Robert Pattinson’s Bruce Wayne duets with Phoenix’ Joker in Folie à Deux, entertaining as that is.