Joker is the highest-grossing R rated movie, Oscar-worthy, and gave us many meme materials, so it’s only a matter of time that we get a sequel. Joker has been said many times that the film is one and done, but it seems both Joaquin Phoenix and Todd Phillips are having a change of heart. From the Los Angeles Times, here is what Joaquin said:
Long before the release or before we had any idea if it would be successful, we talked about sequels,” Phoenix said. “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.”
And here is what Todd Phillips had to say about a possible sequel:
“We haven’t talked about it a ton,” the director said. “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. It would have to have some thematic resonance in a similar way that this does.
As much as I love Joker, it doesn’t need a sequel. I mean sure the popularity of the movie is through the roof, but sometimes lightning doesn’t strike twice. If they do confirm a sequel, then I’ll be in the theater day one.