Joaquin Phoenix is surprisingly open to the idea of doing a second Joker film with Todd Phillips.
While Joker is currently breaking box office records, Joaquin Phoenix has addressed whether he’d reprise the Joker role in a sequel. Joaquin Phoenix famously doesn’t do sequels, so it’s interesting that he’s even entertaining the idea. Across the course of the film, Arthur Fleck feels that society is one big joke after feeling downtrodden and forgotten by the system – eventually becoming Joker. But Joaquin Phoenix feels there’s more in the villain he’d like to explore.
Appearing on Popcorn With Peter Travers, Joaquin Phoenix discussed what he’d like to do with the sequel, and how he and Todd Phillips could have spent a lot longer filming the villain’s solo film. While he first mentions that they’ve both discussed other projects they’d like to do together, he goes on to say that the possibilities of the character are endless.
“I talked to Todd a lot about what else we might be able to do, in general, just to work together, but also specifically, if there’s something else we can do with Joker that might be interesting. So, it ended up being a dream role. 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]. Me and Todd would still be shooting now if we could, right? Because it seemed endless, the possibilities of where we can go with the character.”
You can check out the full interview with Joaquin Phoenix below.
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Here is the official synopsis for Todd Phillips’ Joker:
Director Todd Phillips’ Joker centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone fictional story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck, who is indelibly portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, is of a man struggling to find his way in Gotham’s fractured society. A clown-for-hire by day, he aspires to be a stand-up comic at night…but finds the joke always seems to be on him. Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty, Arthur makes one bad decision that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events in this gritty character study.
Directed by Todd Phillips from a script he co-wrote with Scott Silver, Joker stars Joaquin Phoenix, Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Douglas Hodge, Marc Maron, Josh Pais, and Shea Whigham. The movie is not part of the DC Extended Universe, and seems to play into Warner Bros.’s interests of making creator-driven superhero movies over necessarily building a hyper-connected shared universe… At least for the time being.
Joker is now playing in theaters.
Source: Popcorn With Peter Travers