Published: Thu, November 21, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Joker sequel in the works with director Todd Phillips

Joker sequel in the works with director Todd Phillips

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Joker's massive box office success and the early awards season buzz for lead actor Joaquin Phoenix has led Warner move forward with a sequel to the Batman villain origin movie. Phillips is in talks to return as the director. If Phillips does sign on for more Joker, it's expected that he would once again write the screenplay alongside Scott Silver, and that Joaquin Phoenix would return in the title role.

Were reports of a Joker sequel & more DC origin movies premature? Initially Phillips was pretty clear that he saw "Joker" as being a one-off. Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich did not want to hand over everything, since they probably want to bring in a range of creative talent. Emmerich was taken aback, as this simply isn't how the studio operates, but sources say that Phillips walked away with the rights to at least one other DC story.

Joker just crossed the $1 billion mark at the box office, and is the fourth DC movie to do so behind 2018′s Aquaman ($1.15 billion), 2012′s The Dark Knight Rises ($1.08 billion) and 2008′s The Dark Knight ($1 billion). But, there were some little doubts in the minds of many people and of course the ones sitting in the building of Warner Bros. After all, because Joker was so successful, who is to say Philips couldn't do another villain origin story?

Phillips may also be diving further into DC's universe.

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But what about Joaquin Phoenix? It cites sources stating that no sequel is planned, no meeting took place, and that Phillips has apparently been incommunicado with Warner Bros. with regard to following up the biggest R-rated movie of all time. The Joker formula works.

Until then, however, we have director Matt Reeves working on The Batman starring Robert Pattinson for a June 25, 2021 release date.

So given the money hungry nature of Warner Bros., it wouldn't surprise me if a sequel's already being talked about.

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