After the monumental and unprecedented success of Joker, Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Comics are trusting director Todd Phillips to continue his hit-making track record at the box office with a sequel to the movie. And not only will Phillips helm another feature focused on the adventures of Arthur Fleck, but he'll also help produce a series of origin stories featuring other villains from the DC Comics universe. The news is a huge surprise for fans of the movie, as Phillips adamantly stated that he had no plans to return to the character for the sequel — but that was before Joker made over $1 billion at the box office.
Given the success of the movie and how well it has been received among fans, people have a lot to say about the news of a sequel to Joker. Some people are wondering where the story could possibly go after the events of the last film, while others are wondering if a sequel is necessary.
Given Phillips' comments about a sequel to the Los Angeles Times, it's unlikely that he'd accept such a project without having some sort of an idea for a follow up in place.
"But it couldn’t just be this wild and crazy movie about the 'Clown Prince of Crime,'" Phillips said of a possible sequel to Joker. "It would have to have some thematic resonance in a similar way that this 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."
"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,'" Phoenix said. "It was kind of in jest — but not really."
Read on to see what fans are saying about the news of Joker getting a sequel.
Here's a dumptruck full of money!
Joaquin Phoenix - We’ll never make a Joker 2. We set out to make something unique and a sequel would undoubtedly diminish the artistic integrity of the original.
Studio Exec- Here’s 20 million dollars 💵
Phoenix - pic.twitter.com/miV3GkSGBU— 🆃🅷🅴 🆂🆃🆄🅳🅸🅾 🅴🆇🅴🅲 (@studioexec1) November 20, 2019
Haters Gonna Hate
The people who didn't like Joker are going to be more unbearable with Joker 2?
*Sees TL* pic.twitter.com/G38faTeqPu— Nick will reconnect the world(Death Stranding) (@niklander2) November 20, 2019
We just want to hear both sides...
Joker 2 leaked footage pic.twitter.com/qT1NgUv1ez— Karsan (@KarsanMT) November 20, 2019
What a week!
what a week, joker hit $1 billion in the box office. we’re getting a joker 2 and it’s arthur’s birthday tomorrow :) pic.twitter.com/E1lDFC8Zb0— 𝒍𝒚𝒅𝒊𝒂 ☻︎ (@jokercents) November 20, 2019
Only one way to outdo the stairs scene in Joker 2...more steps pic.twitter.com/3oPmMs2TWl— Comic Book Talk (@ComicBooksTalk) November 20, 2019
Where's the Luthor origin movie?
Instead of Joker 2— Dustin (@WannabeDustin) November 20, 2019
We should get a political thriller about Lex Luthor as president.
Bring on Emo Spider-Man!
Joker 2 feat. Tobey Maguire pic.twitter.com/CynxYPUaa9— Kawber (@KawberYT) November 20, 2019
What are you doing, Joaquin?!
Joaquin Phoenix's nutritionist after the announcement of Joker 2 pic.twitter.com/MYC96lAFZo— Red Luigi (@RedLuigi64) November 20, 2019