Joker 2: Todd Phillips reveals title, Joaquin Phoenix reads script

Director Todd Phillips posted on Instagram on Tuesday the first confirmation that the sequel to 2019’s “Joker” is moving forward — including the cover of the script written by Phillips and Scott Silver, his collaborator on the first film, titled The raises eyebrows “Joker: Foil for two.”

In the same post, Phillips included a shot of star Joaquin Phoenix reading the script.

Phillips’ original “Joker” film reimagined the legendary Batman villain into an anti-hero character study about a struggling comedian and part-time clown actor named Arthur Fleck, who becomes a folk hero in Gotham City after becoming involved in shocking acts of violence. Moody, dark, and eagerly avoiding the action beats typical of superhero cinema, the film was still a massive global blockbuster, grossing over $1 billion worldwide and earning 12 Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, Best Director for Phillips and Best Adapted Screenplay for Phillips and Silver. Phoenix won the Oscar for Best Actor and Hildur Guðnadóttir for Best Score.

Though Phillips didn’t reveal any details about the film’s plot, the title offers some intriguing implications. Literally translated as “shared insanity,” folie à deux is a lay term for shared delusional disorder. That might refer to how Arthur’s villainy is widely assumed in the first Gotham City film, but it might also suggest that Phillips’ sequel will bring in his own take on Joker’s main (and really only) compatriot, Harley Quinn – who has been played in other DC adaptations by Margot Robbie (in live action) and Kaley Cuoco (in animation).

There’s more to come. Joker 2: Todd Phillips reveals title, Joaquin Phoenix reads script

Charles Jones

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