You don't just make a movie, pull in a little over $1 billion at the global box office and call it a day - sequels and entire franchises have been built on less. So, when the 2019 R-rated Academy Award-winning film, Joker, set new several box office records, news of the follow-up was a matter of when and not if.
Now, we just got "confirmation" that Warner Bros. Discovery is working on Joker 2.
Todd Phillips first broke the news when he posted two photos of the cover of what appears to be the finished script for the Joker sequel, also known as Joker: Folie á Deux along with an image of Phoenix reading the same script.
According to the ever-reliable Google Translate, Folie á Deux means "shared madness" and is an actual term used in psychiatry to refer to individuals with similar mental disorders and is often seen in members of a close family. The psychiatric syndrome is also sometimes referred to as Shared Delusional Disorder or SDD.
This would imply that the sequel will pair Joker with a different troubled individual albeit probably not a family member (please, we don't need a long lost brother storyline for such a masterpiece). Some theories suggest that this could mean Harley Quinn, but our bet is that it's on an entirely different character, probably someone who will become the "true" Joker.
Unfortunately, absent an official confirmation of when the film is happening, we are at the mercy of the higher-ups at Warner Bros. Discovery. The good news here is that Phillips is confident enough to share the images with the public, suggesting that Joaquin Phoenix is on board.
This isn't the first time that we've heard talks about a Joker sequel. Last year, Phoenix talked about Joker 2 in an interview. Meanwhile, a report back in February claims that the very particular actor was all but confirmed to reprise his award-winning role.
Speaking of DC Comics movie adaptations, The Batman had a respectable showing at the global box office in March. The only other non-DCEU DC Comics film will start a different universe, one that's already getting a Penguin spin-off on HBO Max as well as a sequel and plans for more.