A sequel to the Oscar-winning Joaquin Phoenix starrer Joker is reportedly in the works, with a script co-written by director Todd Phillips (who also co-wrote the first film). The film depicting the origin story of DC Universe’s most iconic villain Joker and the arch nemesis of Batman got the entire world buzzing in 2019. While the film was supposed to be a standalone venture of Phillips, the director has never shied away from the idea of a sequel.
However, this piece of exciting news came to the fore when an online portal mentioned a discreet line in the middle of a list of Hollywood’s most powerful lawyers, their clients and the important projects they helped to handle. In the section dedicated to lawyer Warren Dern, we can read that his client "Todd Phillips struck a deal to co-write the next Joker installment." However, there is no official confirmation out as of now.
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Joker brought a unique vision of the famous Batman villain to the screens and became a huge box office success, surpassing the $1 billion mark worldwide even though the film was given an ‘R’ rating. So, a sequel makes a lot of commercial sense for Warner Bros., the studio behind the film. Reportedly, Phoenix might prove a bottleneck as he might not be willing to return to play the Joker aka Arthur Fleck.
(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)