Joker 2, the sequel to the hugely successful Todd Phillips edition of the franchise, has been confirmed.
According to reports in The Hollywood Reporter, Phillips pitched the idea to Toby Emmerich, chairman of the Warner Bros Pictures Group, in a plot to further develop a range of DC characters in the origin stories.
After early trepidation about Phillips’ Joker plans, the recent film surpassed all expectations with emphatic effect when it smashed the $1 billion mark at the box office—only the fourth DC title to do so and the first R-rated film to pass the billion-dollar mark at the worldwide box office.
The news comes after Phillips had previously hinted that “this wild and crazy movie” would be given the opportunity to continue its story, adding: “It would have to have some thematic resonance in a similar way that [Joker] does,” in reference to the sequel.
While solid plot ideas around the second edition of the film remain silent, it is believed that Phillips will again team up with Scott Silver to write Joker 2 following their incredible success the first time around. Furthermore, Phoenix is expected to reprise his role as Arthur Fleck.
Phoenix recently described Joker as his “dream role” and, while in conversation with Peter Travers last month, added: “I can’t stop thinking about it … if there’s something else we can do with Joker that might be interesting.”
He continued: “It’s nothing that I really wanted to do prior to working on this movie. I don’t know that there is [more to do] … Because it seemed endless, the possibilities of where we can go with the character.”
Warner Bros. have yet to comment on the sequel.