As a general rule of thumb, any movie that grosses over a billion dollars at the global box office is pretty much guaranteed to get a sequel — especially when it’s a comic book movie. However, 2019’s Oscar-winning film Joker is a far cry from the usual DC movie, sharing as much in common with Aquaman as Moana with Death Wish.
That said, rumors of a possible Joker sequel have remained pretty consistent since the film’s release, and now director Todd Phillips and star Joaquin Phoenix have confirmed that the sequel will go ahead. Instagram (opens in new tab).
In the first of two images shared by Phillips, we see the cover of his finished Joker script, once again co-written by Scott Silver, revealing that its official title is Joker: Folie á Deux. This is followed by a photo of Phoenix reading the script.
This is not a joke
You might be wondering what the film’s French subtitles tell us about Phillips’ script direction. Folie á Deux (which translates to madness for two) is an actual psychiatric term referring to shared psychosis due to closeness, often between family members. It is also known as shared delusional disorder (SDD).
As for what that might mean for the film’s story, it seems likely that the Joker is playing another equally troubled character in the film. Whether that means Harley Quinn, Batman or someone else remains to be seen. We would bet on the third option, but anything is possible.
As for the movie itself happening, the odds are high – given that Phillips feels confident enough to share the above footage, we have to assume that Phoenix liked what he read and that the movie is more or less safe to go on. forward – at this point, it would be the biggest anticlimax in the world if the notoriously demanding actor chose to pass the project along.
Fortunately, Phoenix has been open about the possibility of a sequel in the past, having said the playlist (opens in new tab) that “There are some things we could do with this guy and we could [explore] Of course, we advise you to wait for an official announcement from Warner Bros. before celebrating.