In Joker 2, Joaquin Phoenix returns as the Joker alongside Lady Gaga’s Harley Quinn.
The Joker is a highly notable and unforgettable character across comics, TV, and film. Throughout the years, several acclaimed actors such as Jack Nicholson, Mark Hamill, and Heath Ledger have portrayed the character, leaving a lasting impact. Another notable portrayal came from Joaquin Phoenix in the 2019 film “Joker,” which surprised audiences with its success, earning over a billion dollars worldwide. Directed by Todd Phillips, the movie provided a character study that managed to make the traditionally despised villain sympathetic, resulting in critical acclaim and an Oscar-winning performance by Joaquin Phoenix.
While the DC Universe is going through changes, the popularity of Elseworlds stories within the comic book brand remains strong. One standout example is the 2019 film “Joker,” featuring Joaquin Phoenix’s acclaimed portrayal of the iconic clown prince of crime, which received high critical acclaim. Its sequel, “Joker: Folie à Deux,” is slated to be released in 2024 and has recently been in production in New York City. Director Todd Phillips has now confirmed that filming for the sequel has been completed.
Director Todd Phillips shared the news of the completion of filming for “Joker: Folie à Deux” on his Instagram. He expressed gratitude to the cast and crew, specifically mentioning Joaquin Phoenix and Lady Gaga. Phillips also included an official image of Lady Gaga in character, showcasing a worn and troubled appearance. This has further heightened the excitement surrounding her debut as Harley Quinn in the sequel.
Joker: Folie à Deux Will Be a Musical
Although details about the plot of “Joker: Folie à Deux” remain scarce, director Todd Phillips has mentioned that the sequel will be a “full-blown musical.” Recent footage captured outside the set also indicates that Lady Gaga can be heard singing, adding to the musical element of the film. This approach is expected to differentiate the sequel from its crime thriller-inspired predecessor, “Joker.” As the first film concludes with the Joker at Arkham State Hospital following his chaotic rampage through Gotham City, “Joker: Folie à Deux” seems to draw inspiration from the comic book storyline “Mad Love.”
In “Joker: Folie à Deux,” the focus will be on Harley Quinn’s origin story as an Arkham Asylum psychiatrist who falls in love with the Joker. Throughout their turbulent relationship over the years, the two villains have had many musical moments together. Director Todd Phillips plans to incorporate the musical genre into this film, adding a unique twist to their story. Hildur Guðnadóttir, who composed the music for “Joker,” will be returning as the composer for “Folie à Deux,” ensuring that the sequel’s music is in good hands.
Joker 2 cast
Joaquin Phoenix will reprise his role as Arthur Fleck, also known as Joker, in the sequel. While it remains to be seen if the sequel will earn him another Oscar, we can anticipate another powerful performance from Phoenix.
As mentioned earlier, Lady Gaga has joined the cast of the film and will portray the character of Harley Quinn. She becomes the second actress to portray Harley Quinn in the Worlds of DC, following Margot Robbie. However, it is important to note that the events of “Joker” take place in a separate timeline from movies like “Suicide Squad,” where Margot Robbie portrays Harley Quinn.
Margot Robbie expressed her joy and pride in seeing the character of Harley Quinn evolve to the point where other actors can portray her. She believes that Lady Gaga will bring something extraordinary to the role and is excited to see her interpretation.
Lady Gaga’s portrayal of Harley Quinn was officially revealed on Valentine’s Day 2023. Set photos from the movie started to emerge in March 2023, giving fans more glimpses of Gaga in the role.
The cast of the film includes Harry Lawtey from “Industry” in an important but unconfirmed role. Additionally, Catherine Keener from “Get Out,” Jacob Lofland from “Maze Runner,” and Brendan Gleeson from “Banshees of Inisherin” have also joined the cast in undisclosed roles.
Zazie Beetz is confirmed to reprise her role as Sophie in the sequel. However, it is currently unclear whether Douglas Hodge will return as Alfred Pennyworth and if Dante Pereira-Olson will reprise his role as Bruce Wayne. Their involvement in the sequel has not been confirmed at this time.
Joker 2 title: What does Joker Folie A Deux mean?
“Folie à Deux” is a French phrase that translates to “madness of two” or “shared psychosis” in English. It refers to a condition where a delusion or mental illness is shared by two individuals who have a close association. The term is used in both French and English to describe this specific type of mental illness.
Based on the title “Joker: Folie à Deux,” it suggests that the film will continue to explore Arthur Fleck’s fractured psyche. It may also introduce a second protagonist who becomes involved in the Joker’s plans, sharing in his madness.
If our speculation is correct, Harley Quinn may be the character who shares Arthur’s delusion or mental illness in the sequel.
We have our feelings about how Joker dabbled – poorly – in mental-illness stereotypes and can only hope that the sequel does better.
When will Joker 2 be released?
“Joker: Folie à Deux” is currently scheduled to be released in theaters on October 4, 2024.