'Joker' sequel is in the works
A Joker sequel is reportedly in the works after the movie excelled at the Box Office, The Hollywood Reporter has stated.
The hugely anticipated movie, directed by Todd Phillips and starring Joaquin Phoenix, amassed a phenomenal $39.7 million at the domestic box office on the day of its release, $93.5 million in its opening weekend and $1 billion at the global box office.
If you're one of the few people who hasn't yet seen the movie, check out the trailer here:
The DC flick made headlines around the world when it broke a box office record by becoming the first R-rated movie to gross over $1 billion. It is also Warner Bros.' fourth DC superhero movie to gross $1 billion worldwide, after 2008's The Dark Knight 2012's The Dark Knight Rises, and last year's Aquaman.
Todd Phillips in talks to return as director of the sequel, according to the publication. And according to sources, Phillips is "likely to reteam with star Joaquin Phoenix on a follow-up to the $1 billion-grossing R-rated hit".
It was also revealed that Phillips proposed developing "a portfolio of DC characters' origin stories" to Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich. He was granted the rights to develop "at least one other DC story," THR explained.
Take a look at the final trailer for the movie:
News of a sequel comes a week after Phillips told The Los Angeles Times that if he were to make a sequel, it would "have to have some thematic resonance."
"It couldn't just be this wild and crazy movie about the 'Clown Prince of Crime,'" he told the Times. "It would have to have some thematic resonance in a similar way that ['Joker'] does. Because I think that's ultimately why the movie connected, it's what's going on underneath. So many movies are about the spark, and this is about the powder. If you could capture that again in a real way, that would be interesting."