Even though DC Comics is going through a moment of change, stories set in alternate realities are more popular than ever. Joaquin Phoenix’s portrayal of the notorious clown prince of crime in the 2019 film Joker is a widely cited example. Joker: Folie à Deux, the sequel, has been filming in New York City for a while now and will hit theaters in October 2024. Director Todd Phillips has now stated that filming on the sequel is complete.
Philips posted the news to his Instagram account. That’s all, he penned. I’d like to express my gratitude to these two—and to the entire cast and crew, who were the Finest in the business. Top to bottom. Going to hide away for a while (in the editing room) and get this thing together.
Phoenix and Lady Gaga, who will make her debut as Harley Quinn, were the two in question. Phillips included a new official image of Gaga, who appears to be past her villainous prime, in the post. This contradicts the numerous set photos that have been used to promote her role.
Gaga’s Harley Quinn has short blonde hair and is wearing a black furry jacket, and her face is caked in makeup. Gaga appears to have several different hair and wardrobe changes in the film, based on prior photographs from the set. A new photograph of Joker, played by Joaquin Phoenix and published by Phillips, shows the villain seemingly dozing but still dressed and made up in the style of the original film’s climactic scene.
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Joker: Folie à Deux Takes the Musical Stage
Phillips has stated that Joker 2 will be a “full-blown musical,” and Gaga can be heard singing in recent off-set footage, but at this moment there is still very little known about the plot. This is a great way to set the sequel apart from the crime thriller genre-inspired original, Taxi Driver.
The anarchy-fueled rampage through Gotham City in Joker: Folie à Deux appears to be influenced by the comic book saga Mad Love, with both Joker and the author ending up in Arkham State Hospital. Harley Quinn started out as a doctor at Arkham Asylum, but her heart belonged to the Joker.
In the meanwhile, Phillips’ wrap post is posted below:
lady gaga as harley quinn heard singing on joker 2 set in arkham asylum omg pic.twitter.com/ynXNFPq5gJ
— allure (@allurequinn) March 30, 2023
It would be interesting to see how Phillips incorporates that genre style into this film, given that the two villains have shared a lot of musical moments over their on-and-off relationship throughout Quinn’s 30-year tenure. The sequel’s music is in good hands, as Hildur Gunadóttir, composer for Joker, also returns for Folie à Deux.
The release date for Joker: Folie à Deux is set for October 4, 2024. Currently, you can watch Joker on HBO Max.