A Joker sequel involving Phillips and Phoenix is apparently moving forward
Even before Todd Philips’ Joker had reached the billion dollar revenue mark calls were growing for a sequel to be made. It now seems those calls have been answered with The Hollywood Reporter (THR) today announcing that a sequel has been green lit with both Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix attached.
Phoenix himself said that while on set he was putting together mock posters for a possible sequel and could easily see how a second film could be made. Of course, even if Phillips and Phoenix wanted nothing to do with a second outing, given the money made by the film Warners would still probably want to go forward. And given the ambiguous ending to the first film, there is no real need for either director or star to feature (which is no spoiler).
Even with the seemingly never-ending popularity of comic book films, no-one saw the level of success enjoyed by Joker coming. After picking up the top prize at Venice, it has gone on to become the highest grossing R-rated film in history (not including inflation) and has spun a £60m budget into the most profitable comic book film of all time.
The direction and tone for the sequel will remain unknown for the time being. One thing we do know is that, according to THR, Batman’s origins story will remain off the table. Robert Pattinson’s The Batman is due for release on June 25, 2021, so the chances of the two universes crossing over looks increasingly slim.
More news on a sequel will appear over the coming months, but in the meantime Warners will be looking to get some award season love for Joker once the golden gongs start being handed out next month.
EDIT: In a recent update, it seems that Deadline are rubbishing the claims made by THR earlier today - labelling it a 'click bait' story. They seem adamant that no such discussions have taken place between Phillips and Warner Bros. stating that 'multiple sources' have confirmed this to be the case. Either way, if a Joker sequel isn't made at some point, it would be a huge surprise to almost everyone.