Director Todd Philips is finally back with a compelling Joker sequel which has been in rumours for quite some time now. He made the first official confirmation about the much-awaited film to his billion-dollar grossing hit Joker.
Taking to his Instagram handle, Phillips shared a picture of the script and revealed the title - Joker: Folie à Deux. In the same post, he added a black-and-white picture of star Joaquin Phoenix reading the script while smoking a cigarette.
Phoenix impressed the fans with his impeccable performance and he even won an Oscar for the same. Interestingly, the film went on to become the most successful R-rated movie of all time, grossing over $1 billion worldwide.
The critically acclaimed film, Joker scored 11 Oscar nominations in total, including for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay, and also won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. The new film will also be written by the original Phillips and Scott Silver.
The title of the upcoming film, Folie à Deux, is likely to be temporary but it has already fulled speculations amongst fans.
Folie à Deux is a French medical term for ‘shared madness’ and the title could refer to multiple interpretations.
It could introduce new copycat criminals inspired by Joker’s antics in the first film, which ended with the character becoming something of an anarchist symbol. Or, it could mean that Arthur Fleck is going to cross paths with an adult Bruce Wayne/Batman, or perhaps his love interest from the comics, Harley Quinn.
“Willem Dafoe as second Joker?” one fan speculated in the comments. “I’ve been waiting for a film on the love story of Joker & Harley forever!!!!!!” another fan commented.
For the unversed, Joker runs in a parallel timeline from the DC Extended Universe movies, and even director Matt Reeves’ Batman universe, in which Joker will be played by Barry Keoghan. In the DCEU, the character was played by Jared Leto.
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