The continuation of the Joaquin Phoenix film is a probability since it was released, but nothing has been confirmed yet.
Will there be a Joker sequel in the end? Surely on more than one occasion you have remembered the movie and you have wondered what happened to the supposed second part that they were preparing. It’s been more than a year since Joaquin Phoenix’s film hit theaters and its global success made the studio and director Todd Phillips wonder if it would be a good idea to continue the story. The news gave hope to fans, who seemed to welcome the sequel with open arms, but soon began to deny it.
Since they started talking about Joker 2 the news has been mixed and we don’t really know what to think about it anymore. For this reason, we compile here the chronology of the details that have been known and we realize that, in reality, it has never been denied.
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Beginning of November 2019: the rumors begin
Joker It was released on October 4, 2019 and a month before the director announced that he was not thinking of a second part, although he encouraged the rumors. When asked by the media about the possible continuation, Phillips declared that he would be willing to do whatever Joaquin wanted to do but, yes, he assured that the film “is not made for a sequel.” Shortly afterwards he was forced to explain his comments and reiterated that Joker was always presented as a single installment.
At the same time, Phoenix claimed that even before the film was a box office phenomenon, he had ideas about how the story could continue. And he was very involved with his character: “Long before the premiere or having any idea that it would be successful, we talked about sequels. During the second or third week of filming I would say to Todd: ‘Can you start working on a sequel? ? There is too much to explore. “
November 20, 2019 – Sequel Confirmed
Just a year ago, The Hollywood Reporter exclusively announced that Todd Phillips had proposed to Warner Bros. a plan to develop several DC character origin films. and – most importantly – that they had the rights to be able to carry out Joker 2 And at least one of those origin tapes. THR he went further and claimed that Phillips wanted to investigate the history of Bruce Wayne. There was also talk that the director was going to explore the origins of Darkseid, one of DC’s supervillains who is revered by evil geniuses like Lex Luthor.
November 21, 2019: The sequel is denied
The joy of the fans was short-lived. Deadline came out to deny the news he had published The Hollywood Reporter and assured that there was no agreement to produce the sequel and that Phillips – and co-writer Scott Silver – were not in negotiations with the studio. He also reported that he had not presented a plan to tell the origins of the DC characters and that it could all be due to a confusion. During the promotion of the film, the filmmaker stated that when Joker was in the creative process, there were talks to create an initiative called DC Black, which would review the stories of the villains. Apparently those conversations came to nothing.
November 22, 2019: without settling the matter
It didn’t take long for Phillips to make public statements. Two days after the false announcement, the director declared that they had advanced and that the data they had taken was false. “First, if you know me and you know my career, that’s not my style. […] We have two things in development at all times, not 40 things like other people. I’m not the type of guy who goes in procession saying he wants 40 titles. I just don’t have the energy“.
On the other hand, he admitted that he had talked about it with Joaquin Phoenix, but the thing had not gone further. Even though the studio had asked them about it during the ‘tour’, they never got to talk about contracts. But beware! He did not end the matter, he simply admitted that there was no contract and that the article had been advanced. “Will it happen again? Again, I think the article was anticipatory, at best.”
December 2019: “I haven’t even talked to Joaquin”
As the months passed, Phillips began to deny what he had already admitted. In an interview with CinemaBlend He declared that he had not discussed the matter with the protagonist of the film: “As for a sequel, it is too early to say anything. I swear I haven’t even talked to Joaquin about it yet or if he might know“.
Months ensuring that he had explored the possibility with the actor so that, suddenly in December, he changed his speech and declared that he had not spoken with him. Perhaps he sensed that the matter was getting too much attention and wanted to divert the subject, but once again he was not denying the sequel and simply saying it was too early.
September 2020: rumors return
Almost a year after the uproar, the British media The Mirror He rekindled the rumors by ensuring that Joaquin Phoenix was negotiating his return and that Warner Bros. had offered him $ 50 million for the role. In fact, he mentioned that there were two sequels that were in development: “They plan to do two sequels in the next four years, with a long-term commitment to Joaquin, director Todd Phillips and producer Bradley Cooper. It all depends on Joaquin accepting. the terms and highest pay of his career to date. “
‘Joker’: Will Joaquin Phoenix return as the character in two more installments?
As much as we like these rumors, the truth is that it does not seem that we will see Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck anytime soon. However, we like to think that the possibility of the sequel has never been disproved by Todd Phillips and he has always stated that it was simply too early to talk about it. Perhaps you are waiting for a solid script that has Phoenix’s approval to talk about Joker 2.