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Joker 2: Release date speculation, cast, title and more

Joker 2 is officially happening.

Joker - Joaquin Phoenix
Warner Bros.
Published: Tuesday, 14th June 2022 at 10:40 am
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Over a year after rumours began swirling that Todd Phillips’ Joker would receive a sequel, Phillips has confirmed the exciting news.

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The writer and director shared a post via Instagram that not only confirms a second movie is on the way but also reveals the sequel’s working title, Folie à Deux, as well as a photo of Joaquin Phoenix reading it.

The French idiom means ‘madness of two’ and refers to a delusional disorder shared by two people in close association. Much like the Joker and Harley Quinn, then.

Lady Gaga is in talks to play Harley Quinn in the second Joker movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The record-breaking musician’s singing skills could come in handy, as it’s being reported that the sequel will be a musical.

Gaga’s potential casting leaves the possibility open that director Todd Phillips could reinvent Harley’s character, rather than adhering to the source material from the DC comics or following the storyline established for Robbie’s version of the character.

The first movie, which told the backstory of Gotham’s most infamous villain, bagged 12 Oscar nominations and won Phoenix Best Actor.

The dark thriller was initially meant as a one-off - but after a billion dollars at the box office and an Oscar win for star Joaquin Phoenix, it's hardly surprising that a sequel is on the way.

Scott Silver, who co-wrote Joker with Phillips, is returning for the sequel, though plot details are still under wraps.

So get ready for more haunting dance scenes - here's everything we know about Joker 2, including all the rumours and latest news.

Joker 2 release date speculation

Joaquin Phoenix in Joker
Joaquin Phoenix in Joker Warner Bros.

There is no official release date for Joker 2 yet, but the director has revealed the project is in the works.

Judging by the release date of the first Joker film, which landed a year after the script had been written, fans can expect Joker 2 to land sometime in 2023.

Who could be in the cast of Joker 2?

Joker
Joaquin Phoenix portrayed Arthur Fleck in Joker

Phoenix will be returning once again for his role as the Joker/Arthur Fleck.

The actor played the critically acclaimed role in 2019, bagging the Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of the troubled DC villain.

Aside from Phoenix, no other cast members have been confirmed as yet.

Lady Gaga at the BBC
BBC/Guy Levy

As detailed above, Lady Gaga is in talks to play Harley Quinn in the second Joker movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which is reportedly going to be a musical.

Gaga’s potential casting leaves the possibility open that director Todd Phillips could reinvent Harley’s character, rather than adhering to the source material from the DC comics or following version of the role played by Margot Robbie in the Suicide Squad films and Birds of Prey.

Actress Zazie Beetz may make a comeback as Sophie Dumond as she did not die in the original film.

It is highly unlikely Robert De Niro and Frances Conroy will return as Murray and Penny as they were killed by Arthur in the first film.

Willem Dafoe keen to star in Joker sequel

Willem Dafoe attends Sony Pictures "Spider-Man: No Way Home" Los Angeles Premiere held at The Regency Village Theatre on December 13, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.
Willem Dafoe attends Sony Pictures' "Spider-Man: No Way Home" Los Angeles Premiere held at The Regency Village Theatre on December 13, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images

Spider-Man: No Way Home star Willem Dafoe has expressed interest in appearing in a sequel to Joker as an imposter pretending to be the Clown Prince of Crime.

He told GQ: "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.

"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. But other than that I am not talking to anybody [about it], you're the first one."

You know, I'm something of a Joker myself.

What could happen in Joker 2?

Joker - Joaquin Phoenix
Where next for Joaquin Phoenix's Clown Prince of Crime? Warner Bros.

**Spoilers for Joker ahead**

At the end of Joker, Arthur Fleck had become his full Batman villain self after tearing through Gotham City following his disastrous appearance on Murray Franklin's talk show.

The film ended with Arthur in Arkham State Hospital, skipping away from his psychotherapy session leaving bloody footprints behind.

We do know that the Clown Prince of Crime would go on to become arguably Batman's biggest nemesis, so there's certainly scope for more of Arthur's character and villainous actions to be explored.

Bruce Wayne only appeared as a child in Joker, which appeared to be a deliberate move to keep the focus firmly on Arthur. Surely a sequel would have to bring in an antagonist for Fleck?

Of course, Joker 2 is merely a placeholder for a film that isn't even confirmed yet – and CinemaBlend has theorised Arthur might not even be in the sequel at all.

They propose Phillips could take a similar approach to American Horror Story or Fargo, and focus on a different Gotham villain in the next film, choosing instead to explore different characters' backstories in an anthology of films.

It's clear Joker 2 really could go in any direction, so stay glued to this page and we'll update it with any information or rumours as we have them.

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Is there a trailer for the Joker sequel?

There is no trailer for Joker 2 yet but we will update this page with more information as and when it is available.

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