Joker 2 Gets a Release Date to Distract You From, Y’Know

Joker 2 Gets a Release Date to Distract You From, Y’Know
The Joker is back. (Image: Warner Bros.)

Fans aren’t going to see Batgirl but we are getting *checks notes* Joker 2.

The sequel to the Oscar-winning 2019 smash hit starring Joaquin Phoenix has been in the works for some time and now Deadline reports the studio has slotted it for release on October 4, 2024, five years exactly after the original’s release. The film’s title, at least according to co-writer and director Todd Phillips’ script, is Joker: Folie à Deux, which roughly translates to “shared madness.” It’s used to describe when multiple people share a similar delusion. Like, for example, if a failed comedian murdered someone on TV and instantly became a folk hero.

Phoenix is expected to return to the role that gave him a Best Actor Oscar and, rumour has it, he might be joined by Lada Gaga as Harley Quinn, who’d be asked to bring to life some of the film’s musical numbers. Yes, the prevaling rumour at the moment is Joker: Folie à Deux is a musical, so don’t expect to see Robert Pattinson or anything like that. Filming is expected to start late this year.

Though Deadline writes that this news was found in an unrelated report, the timing of it for the studio can’t be ignored. It comes one day after it shelved not just a near-completed Scooby-Doo movie, but a near-completed DC movie in Batgirl. The reasons for that are numerous but among them is a new Warner Bros. strategy for DC films to make them bigger spectacles. And yet, Joker wasn’t that. It was a dark, disturbing character piece which — love it or hate it–used the famous IP to try something new for the genre. Exactly the kind of thing this new DC strategy wouldn’t allow for. Unless, of course, it was a Joker musical with Harley Quinn.

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