We knew it was coming. How could it not? After grossing over 1 Billion dollars at the box office it is now official that director Todd Phillips is working on a ‘Joker 2’!
Not just that, but Joker co-writer and director Todd Phillips now reportedly has the permission to not only make Joker 2, but also give a different DC character a gritty, Joker-esque origin story.
With Joker, Phillips already toyed with the idea of Bruce Wayne's origins (a letter written by the mother of Arthur Fleck, aka Joker, implies that the two are half-brothers. But Penny Fleck might not have been telling the truth, given the Fleck family propensity to imagine things that haven't taken place).
Still, it is said that he won't be exploring Batman's backstory. That task is already in the hands of writer-director Matt Reeves, whose The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson, is coming to theaters June 25, 2021. Ditto Wonder Woman, whose adolescence on the hidden island of Themyscira was laid out by screenwriter Allan Heinberg in Patty Jenkins' 2017 film that grossed $821 million. (The sequel starring Gal Gadot, Wonder Woman 1984, is due out June 5, 2020.)
Joker marks the fourth DC title to cross $1 billion, following in the footsteps of 2018's Aquaman ($1.15 billion), 2012's The Dark Knight Rises ($1.08 billion) and 2008's The Dark Knight ($1 billion). But its $60 million budget is far less than those previous films, so it is almost assured of generating profits of more than $500 million (Warners has a 50 percent stake, while Village Roadshow and Bron Studios each have 25 percent). With that type of track record it’s a no brainer to move forward with this franchise.
So what di you think CritiX? How excited are you for Joker 2? And which other DC character would you like to see Todd Phillips bring to the big screen? Let us know what you think in the comment!