Joker was an unprecedented success on its release last 2019. Not only did it get an enviable critical acclaim starting from a low budget considering its genre (more than 1 billion grossed out of 50 spent), but it also took home two Oscars. Joaquin Phoenix won the statuette for best actor and Hildur Guðnadóttir won for her soundtrack.
Thanks to its good reception, and although it was not in the initial plans of director Todd Phillips, after a while it was announced that there was going to be an official sequel to the film. And in this second part, someone on a par with Joaquin Phoenix will accompany the actor as the protagonist: Lady Gaga.
But what exactly do we know about the movie? Shooting has already begun and the first details about what we will see in the film are beginning to leak out, so here is everything we can expect about this feature film.
What is the title of Joker 2?
The Joker sequel will be titled Joker: Folie À Deux, making it clear that Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker will have the same importance as the other main character: Lady Gaga’s Harley Quinn. That’s right, the Bad Romance singer will be the psychiatrist-turned-criminal from DC Comics, and both will become the most dangerous duo in Gotham City.
Folie À Deux is a French expression and literally means “madness of two”. It is a strange psychiatric syndrome whereby a psychotic symptom is shared between two people, living the same paranoia or delusion at the same time.
The first time this phenomenon was employed was through a married couple, that of Margaret and Michael, who had a shared psychotic disorder that made them dangerous. Psychiatrists did not know which of the two started the cycle of psychosis, but both fed back on each other.
Considering that, originally, Harley Quinn is Joker’s psychiatrist, it will be more than interesting to see how both characters’ sides are explored in the feature film. Will they repeat at the Oscars and box office? Everything seems to point to it.
What will Joker 2 be about?
We only have one official synopsis, so far, for Joker: Folie À Deux. Shared by the Film & Television Industry Alliance (FTIA), the film is described as follows: “The musical sequel to Joker follows Harley Quinn, the Arkham Asylum psychiatrist who falls in love with her patient Arthur Fleck, also known as Joker”.
The last film ended with Phoenix’s character being admitted to Arkham to be treated by a team of doctors and psychiatrists. Thus, we know that the sequel will start from this point and explore how one of these psychiatrists falls madly in love with the criminal. What will happen next, only the team knows.
What genre will Joker 2 be?
One of the most striking announcements of this sequel is that, unlike the dark thriller of the first film, Joker: Folie À Deux will be a musical. Ok, it will keep the tone of what we already saw (or so it seems) but the signing of Lady Gaga has not only been for her acting skills. As Phillips has announced, the musical aspect of the film will be very important, even being considered within the genre.
Perhaps, the fact that it won the Oscar for best soundtrack has influenced this decision. Of course, from what was seen in the first one, it makes a lot of sense… although I’m still curious as to how it will be treated.
First images of Joaquin Phoenix and Lady Gaga in Joker 2
Some images from the filming of Joker 2 have already surfaced. Both through official photos and on-set leaks, we can begin to imagine what the movie will look like. In fact, we have already been able to see what Lady Gaga looks like as Harley Quinn, and although it is far from Margot Robbie’s version, it closely resembles the one in the original comics.
In addition, something very interesting from the filming has been leaked: a scene with three Jokers!
When will Joker 2 be released?
With a budget of 150 million (100 million more than the original), the film is expected to be much bigger than the first. It is scheduled for release on October 4, 2024. We still have more than a year to hear about it… but audience expectations are sky high.