In June 2022, writer and director Todd Phillips said that he and Scott Silver had finished writing the script and gave the title of the next movie (actually, it looks like the script was finished back in May). So, what can we figure out about the next book?
Joker 2: What does Joker Folie à Deux Mean?
Folie à deux is the French phrase for “shared psychosis.” It means “a delusion or mental illness shared by two people who are close to each other.” This kind of mental illness is also often called “shared psychosis” in English.
From the title, we can guess that the movie will once again look at Arthur Fleck’s broken mind. It may also mean that a second main character will show up as a real person with whom Joker shares his plans.
We don’t like how Joker used bad mental illness stereotypes, but we can only hope that the sequel will do better.
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Joker 2 Cast: Who’s Coming Back For Joker Folie à Deux?
Joaquin Phoenix will play Arthur Fleck, also known as the Joker, again. Phillips posted a picture of Phoenix reading the script on Instagram. Since his performance won him an Oscar for Best Actor, it’s not surprising that Warner Bros. would like to hit the jackpot again.
There aren’t many other characters who could come back for a sequel, but Arthur’s neighbor Sophie, played by Zazie Beetz, could always come back. Even though her fate wasn’t clear in the movie, Phillips has said that Joker didn’t kill her.
Lady Gaga’s first day on the set of Joker 2: pic.twitter.com/dE7WqG2BP8
— Gaga Daily (@gagadaily) June 14, 2022
Beetz didn’t seem too interested in a Joker sequel in February 2020, but she did say that she could be persuaded if Phillips was coming back, which he seems to be.
Douglas Hodge as Alfred Pennyworth and Dante Pereira-Olson as Bruce Wayne are the only other people who could come back that we can think of right now. But would Phillips want to go in the direction of Joker vs. Batman? We wouldn’t mind if Willem Dafoe switched from Marvel to DC and played another Joker along with Joaquin Phoenix. The title would also go well with it.
“There’s something interesting about the idea that someone was pretending to be the Joker. So, instead of two Jokers fighting each other, there could be someone who claims to be the Joker 2 but isn’t “He made a guess. Folie à Deux, did you say?
Joker 2 Plot: What Will Joker Folie à Deux Be About?
We don’t know much about the plot yet, other than what we can guess from the title (which we mentioned above). At the end of the first Joker movie, Arthur was fully changed into the title character.
In the last scene, Arthur is locked up in Arkham State Hospital. He was probably arrested by the police after the riots that broke out in Gotham City were put down. In the last shot of the movie, he is seen dancing down a hospital corridor, leaving red footprints behind him (presumably having killed the doctor examining him).
Todd Phillips confirms ‘JOKER 2’ is in the works. pic.twitter.com/4GazT6J8KR
— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm) June 7, 2022
Joker was said to be setting up a new “label” in the Worlds of DC for movies that weren’t in the main timeline but were new takes on their established characters that didn’t have to worry about continuity. The latest Batman movie seems to fit into this category.
The other big question for the second Joker movie is who Arthur’s enemy will be. In many ways, Joker was his own worst enemy in the first movie. The main point of the movie was how he went from being a somewhat normal person to a full-on killer. But what should we do now? What does the future hold for Joker?
Joker 2 Release Date: When Can We Expect Joker Folie à Deux out In Cinemas?
No idea! Even though the script is done, we don’t really know when the movie will come out because it hasn’t even been made yet.
Warner Bros. has a lot of DC movies coming out, including Black Adam in October, Aquaman 2, The Flash, and Shazam! All of Fury of the Gods comes out in 2023.
Like the first movie, we don’t think a sequel would have to fit into the main timeline of the DC universe, so Joker 2 come out at any time. But we wouldn’t expect to see Joker 2 before 2023.
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Joker 2 trailer: Any footage of Joker Folie à Deux yet?
With a script only recently finished, a first trailer is a long way off, we’re afraid. For now, you can watch Joker on Prime Video, Apple TV, Google Play, and other online streaming sites.