The movie Joker has been enjoying a successful run in cinemas, despite or maybe because of the furious discussion around the film’s struggle and its place in modern pop culture. Hidden among the debate has been the typical talk about whether we will be discussing the Joaquin Phoenix again as Arthur Fleck in a Joker series.
Originally, all the signs pointed to no. The co-writer and director Todd Phillips ruled it out. Phillips said in no doubtful terms that we have no plan for a sequel, that Joker is not set up for a sequel and that they always are pitched it as one movie. He even went as far as to call claims that a sequel was in the works annoying.
Well, the joke is on us, obviously. A $1 billion box office will have that effect. It has now been confirmed that Joker 2 is in progress. Phillips is in talks to return as director and will write the script with the artist Scott Silver, who also worked on the original movie.
Trailer (Fan Made)
The film, based on DC Comics’ role player, the players are Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker and provides a possible origin story for the character. Joaquin Phoenix plays the role of Arthur Fleck, Robert De Niro plays the role of Murray Franklin, Zazie Beetz plays the role of Sophie Dumond, Frances Conroy plays the role of Penny Fleck.
The final scene shows the Arthur locked up in Arkham State Hospital, probably arrested after the riots which tore through Gotham City were separated by the police. The final shot of the movie is him dancing down the corridor of the hospital, leaving red footprints in his wake presumably having killed the doctor examining him. Now, of course, the scope is there for a sequel because Arthur or Joker as he asks Murray to call him is still alive, and there is always the chance that he could be broken out of the hospital.