Joker 2 release date, cast, story, and more

The Joker 2 release date and everything else we know about Joaquin Phoenix's return as the Clown Prince of Crime including those Lady Gaga rumours

Joker 2 release date: everything we know about the DC sequel

What is the Joker 2 release date? In 2019, Joaquin Phoenix starred in Todd Phillips’ Joker, and his performance was met with widespread critical acclaim. The DC movie sees Arthur Fleck transform from a downtrodden outsider into a rebellious figure who isn’t afraid to show society its true face, committing extremely violent acts against people who’ve wronged him.

The film raked in $1.074 billion worldwide, and reports quickly emerged that Warner Bros. was (unsurprisingly) interested in getting a sequel off the ground. Joker 2: Electric Boogaloo, anybody? Not only that, but the studio was also reportedly interested in giving the Joker treatment to other iconic Batman villains.

Although there’s been nothing new on that front, we’ve now got actual confirmation that Joker 2 is officially in the works from Phillips and his Joker actor, Joaquin Phoenix. Yes, Arthur Fleck is coming back for Joker: Folie à Deux. So slap on your best clown make-up because here’s everything we know about the Joker 2 release date, plot, cast, and more.

Joker 2 release date speculation

The Joker 2 is set for release on October 4, 2024. The creative team behind the first award-winning movie are expected to return for the sequel.

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Todd Phillips has been working on the script, titled Folie A Deux, while  Joaquin Phoenix set to reprise his role as the Clown Prince of Crime, Arthur Fleck.

Joker 2 release date: Joker looking upset over his shoulder

Joker 2 trailer

There isn’t a trailer for Joker 2 yet. The only look at the film we’ve got at the moment is Todd Phillips’ Instagram post. The director announced the news by posting a shot of the script’s front cover – which is a similar red colour to the clown’s suit from the end of the film.

The post also confirmed the sequel’s full title as Joker: Folie à Deux. Obviously, this quickly whipped DC fans up into a frenzy at the idea of getting more from Phoenix’s version of the legendary Batman villain.

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It’s probably going to be a long time before we get our first official look at the sequel – although it isn’t impossible that Phillips will post behind-the-scenes photos to his Instagram page much as he did with the first film. In fact, he shared the first look at the film on Instagram in December 2022.

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And if the film shoots on location again, then we’ll probably get paparazzi shots of Phoenix and whoever else is in Folie à Deux. New York doubled for Gotham in the first film, so it seems like a safe bet that the sequel will return to the city to maintain the grimy aesthetic.

But obviously, it all depends on the story, since the end of the film sees Arthur Fleck getting locked up in Arkham Asylum. It would definitely be exciting to see the film take place entirely behind bars.

Joker 2 release date: Joker holding a clown mask to his face

Joker 2 cast

Joaquin Phoenix will reprise his role as Arthur Fleck/Joker. He’s already noted that there’s more to the character that he’d like to explore when speaking to Peter Travers around the release of the first film.

“I talked to Todd a lot about what else we might be able to do, in general, just to work together, but also specifically, if there’s something else we can do with Joker that might be interesting. So, it ended up being a dream role. It’s nothing that I really wanted to do prior to working on this movie.”

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He also added: “Me and Todd would still be shooting now if we could, right? Because it seemed endless, the possibilities of where we can go with the character.”

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Lady Gaga will play Harley Quinn, while Zazie Beetz will return as Sophie Dumond.

Who’s in the Joker 2 cast?

  • Joaquin Phoenix  as Arthur Fleck/The Joker
  • Lady Gaga as Harley Quinn
  • Zazie Beetz as Sophie Dumond
  • Brendan Gleeson
  • Catherine Keener
  • Jacob Lofland

Brendan Gleeson has also joined the cast as well in an undisclosed role along with Catherine Keener and Jacob Lofland. For now, it’s not clear who else will show up in Joker 2, but it could be quite a while before Warner Bros. reveals any casting news. Sit tight!

Joker 2 release date: Joker sitting and smoking in a green room

Joker 2 plot

Okay, so this is where it’s going to get exciting. There’s already plenty of fan speculation online about what the title, Folie à Deux, means in relation to Joker, and who might be joining him in the sequel, with many suggesting Harley Quinn might appear.

There are a few ways to interpret its meaning. As mentioned earlier, the phrase itself means “a condition in which two closely associated people who are mentally ill share the same delusional beliefs” (via Collins Dictionary).

It could be argued that both Batman and Joker share a similar type of “delusional beliefs” because of how they try to reshape Gotham for better and worse. But since the first film introduces a very young Bruce Wayne (Dante Pereira-Olson), we probably aren’t going to see the Dark Knight show up in Joker 2.

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A second, more likely possibility is that it’ll introduce this universe’s take on Dr Harleen Quinzel – who would presumably fall for Fleck’s Joker and enable him to become a bigger personality in Gotham. They’re a duo, after all and this would certainly fit with the title, but Harley’s fun, charismatic nature might not gel with this dour universe.

But we have a third idea that could be much more interesting, and it would deliver a delicious slice of fan service after many, many years… Could Joker 2 introduce a second Joker played by Willem Dafoe? No, we haven’t plucked the idea out of thin air.

Joker 2 release date: Arthur Fleck

The legendary star previously told GQ that he’s well aware of how the internet is desperate for him to don the clown make-up before revealing that he’s got his own idea of how an imposter could challenge Phoenix’s Joker.

He explained, “There is something interesting about, like, if there was a Joker imposter. So it would be possible to have not duelling Jokers but someone that [claims] to be the Joker that isn’t the Joker.”

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“And that kind of opens up the possibility of an interesting story, particularly if you had Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker, and then you had someone who was either imitating or riffing off what he did. I fantasised about that.”

So who knows, maybe we’ll see Dafoe vs. Phoenix: Dawn of the Clown. If that wasn’t weird enough, there are now reports that the film may be a musical. There have been murmurs online (from The Wrap) that the film takes place within the halls of Arkham Asylum.

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