Talk Is Already Swirling About A Joker Sequel, And Joaquin Is Apparently Keen
There's no doubt that stepping into the clown shoes of the Joker was an emotional experience on all fronts for Joaquin Phoenix. The passion he put into his performance is plain to see on the screen, as was indeed the emotional turmoil that seemed to follow him as he was making it (and as he's been touring the world to promote it.)
As is the way in Hollywood, passion pays. The film is now the most-successful R-Rated film of all time, having grossed over 1 million AUD at the box office, well surpassing the record Deadpool set back in 2017. It has also largely dominated the cultural conversation since its release, with critics and fans alike debating whether or not the themes presented in the movie could have real-world repercussions.
Joker, then, has been an event. It's been a moment worthy of note as much for the way it has consumed society as it was a decent film (which it was). And throughout it all, Phoenix himself has cut a figure who's as exhausted by fruit of his labours as he is from the experience of bringing them to bear.
In a way then, it feels as if Joker would sit pretty well as a one off film. Without sitting inside the context of a Batman flick (as The Dark Knight proved), there's not heaps to explore about the Joker character without wading deep into comic book territory.
Given the shock-and-awe nature of its delivery (and the homicidal mic-drop that it ended with), it also feels, to us at least, that Joker is one of those films that would work best left as a stand-alone character study.
However, everyone involved with the film seems to disagree, and as is the way with any film that grosses as much as Joker has, we don't doubt that those in charge of the balance books at Warner Bros. are chomping at the bit to make a sequel.
Phoenix, no doubt to the surprise of many who've seen the apparent lows he experienced when filming the movie, was actually apparently entranced by the character of the Joker so much he was keen to make a second before shooting on the first even wrapped up.
"Long before the release or before we had any idea if it would be successful, we talked about sequels," Phoenix told The Envelope. "In the second or third week of shooting, I was like, 'Todd, can you start working on a sequel? There’s way too much to explore.' It was kind of in jest — but not really."
Phillips has also acknowledged the appetite for a sequel, however it seems as if he shares the same views as we do. "We’ve only talked about the fact that if we ever did one — and I’m not saying we are because right now we’re not — it couldn’t just be this wild and crazy movie about the 'Clown Prince of Crime'. That just doesn’t interest us," he said. "It would have to have some thematic resonance in a similar way that this does."
Joker is still in cinemas now.