Director Todd Phillips commented on how it is too early to start talking about a sequel to Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker.
After Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker proved to be record-breaking box office success, fans immediately began speculating on whether or not the financial fortunes of the film meant a sequel was inevitable. While it had previously been reported that a Joker sequel was in development with Todd Phillip and Joaquin Phoenix, news of a second film appeared to be premature.
During an interview with Variety, Todd Phillips himself commented on the prospects of sequel while discussing Joaquin Phoenix’s Golden Globe-nominated performance in Joker. According to Todd Phillips, it is too early to begin talking about a Joker sequel and that he has yet to discuss the possibility of a second film with Joaquin Phoenix:
“Before we started shooting, I really knew how invested he was in this role and knew we possibly had something very special ahead of us. As for a sequel, it’s way too early [to tell]. I swear I haven’t even talked to Joaquin about that yet or what that would even be.”
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Here is the official synopsis for Joaquin Phoenix’s 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 fracturedsociety. 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, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Douglas Hodge, Marc Maron, Josh Pais, and Shea Whigham.
Joker is now playing in theaters!