The first Joker movie garnered mixed reviews when it came out, especially with the protagonist's graphic violence and arguably skewed moral compass.
The film gained much acclaim, thanks to its stellar crew and Joaquin Phoenix's amazing performance, and eventually became a classic and the center of many pop-culture references and discussions. The Joker sequel is already on the way, and we recently learned that it would be called Joker: Folie à Deux.
Here is everything we know about the Joker sequel, Joker: Folie à Deux.
Joker 2 Release Date: When Will the Joker Sequel Come Out?
It took a while before any news about a Joker sequel came out. Thankfully, Joker director Todd Phillips posted a photo of the script cover on his Instagram account in June to confirm that the movie is in production.
A couple of months later, on August 3, 2022, Deadline released an exclusive report that the Joker sequel will come out on October 4, 2024. This release date means that Joker: Folie à Deux will be coming out exactly five years after the first Joker film premiered in theaters, October 4, 2019.
When did Joker: Folie à Deux finish filming?
Lady Gaga shared a photo on her official Instagram account on April 6 to celebrate wrapping up shooting for the film.
In her post, she wrote the caption:
That’s a wrap ❤️🔥 🎬🃏 X, Harleen
Joker 2 Cast: Who are the Actors Included in the Joker: Folie à Deux?
Aside from the actors for the main characters of Joker: Folie à Deux, we still have no information about the rest of the cast. We will keep this page updated, so make sure to visit often.
Joaquin Phoenix returns as Joker
Joker is one of history's most iconic villains who can rival any superhero's fame. Many famed actors, including Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger, have taken on the challenge of bringing his crazy to life for the big screen. After his untimely death, Ledger even won an Oscar for the best supporting actor posthumously.
The latest actor to portray Joker is Joaquin Phoenix, who played the character in the 2019 film about Arthur Fleck's descent from failed clown to a vicious and unhinged criminal. Phoenix's performance won him his first Academy Award for Best Actor. This time, Phoenix will reprise his role as the titular role in Joker: Folie à Deux.
Will Lady Gaga Play Harley Quinn?
On August 5, 2022, Lady Gaga confirmed that she will participate in the Joker sequel. We still do not know who she will be playing, but the short video she posted on her official Twitter account suggests that she will play Harley Quinn. Lady Gaga has already proven her acting chops; she has played some complex characters in recent years. Her latest acting endeavors include playing Patrizia Reggiani in House of Gucci, and acting opposite Adam Driver, who played Maurizio Gucci.
Harley Quinn first appeared as Joker's henchwoman in Batman Adventures #12 comic book. She was initially introduced Dr. Harleen Quinzel, a psychiatrist who worked in the mental institution that housed the Joker. Over time, she fell in love with the Joker and turned into Harley Quinn, who was head over heels for the villain.
The Joker Cast
We are learning more about the cast of the second Joker movie, one cast member at a time.
In early September, we learn that Catherine Keener, from The Adam Project, is joining Joker: Folie a Deux though we don't know who she will be playing yet. Young actor Jacob Lofland, who is slowly gaining fame, also joins the cast of The Joker in September. He will be playing the role of a yet unnamed asylum inmate who will develop a relationship with Joker.
Joker 2 Crew: Who are the Creatives Behind the Scenes?
Todd Phillips confirmed that he is returning to direct the second Joker movie.
Joker: Folie à Deux is based on the characters created by Bill Finger, Bob Kan, and Scott Silver. Todd Phillips and Scott Silver developed the screenplay.
Joker 2 Plot: What Will be the Plot of Joker: Folie à Deux?
The plot for Joker: Folie à Deux is still a secret, but we can make guesses. The title of the film, Folie à Deux, is a French phrase that translates to "madness of two." This phrase suggests that the movie follows the same storyline as the comic books, where Arthur Fleck and Dr. Harleen Quinzel meet and fall in love. The preview Lady Gaga shared also suggests that the movie will focus on how Harley Quinn and the Joker meet.
Joker: Folie à Deux is a Musical
The first Joker movie was very dark and gritty, but the second movie may take a much pleasanter note since it will be a musical. We still do not know how the movie will incorporate songs and musical numbers. Gaga may also contribute to the music in the film, now that we know she is involved in the sequel.
Joker: Folie à Deux is not connected to Robert Pattinson's Batman
When Joker director Todd Phillips spoke to Deadline, he mentioned that the film will not be directly linked to the DCEU. He said he wanted the movie to only be about Joker and his story. Phillips even pitched starting a separate label called DC Black to Warner Bros, which offered directors the chance to pick a DC character and make a movie about them without being connected to any of the previous franchises.
I said, 'This will be the first movie, and then we'll get this director to do that, and this director to do this, and we'll call it DC Black, and Joker will be the first film. In a weird way, it gives you two bites of the apple, of these characters. You can do these kind of down-and-dirty character studies over here, and still do the DC Universe over there. To which they said, 'Okay, calm down, you're not starting a label here at Warners, but this is interesting. Go write this and tell us what you're thinking.
DC Revealed Joker's Real Name
DC released Flashpoint Beyond #5, and it included one important detail in the DC universe: Joker's real name is Jack Oswald White.
The edition was written by Geoff Johns, Tim Sheridan and Jeremy Adams. It was illustrated by artists Xermánico and Mikel Janín and colored by Romulo Fajardo Jr., Jordie Bellaire, and Rob Leigh.
Joker 2 Trailer: Is There a Trailer for Joker: Folie à Deux?
There is still no trailer for the movie since Joker: Folie à Deux is still in early production. We can expect to see the trailer for the movie around August to September 2024, a few months before the film is released, if it will follow the same scheduling as the first Joker movie. In the meantime, while we are waiting for the Joker: Folie à Deux trailer, here is the final trailer for Joker.
Where to Watch Joker 2: Where Can I Watch Joker: Folie à Deux?
Joker: Folie à Deux may initially premiere in movie theaters internationally, and it may have to complete a theatrical window before we can watch in select streaming services. You can stream the first Joker movie on various streaming sites like Netflix and HBO.
With Lady Gaga on board and Joaquin Phoenix back to give us more, Joker: Folie à Deux may be another hit in the making.
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