One of the most controversial and unique comic book movies in recent memory is officially getting a sequel. Tuesday night, Todd Phillips — writer and director of Joker – shared two photos on Instagram. In the first image, we see the title page of the script for joker 2. In the second image, we see Joker star Joaquin Phoenix reading this script.
Warner Bros. has yet to officially announce the sequel to Joker, but it might as well serve as official confirmation. Phillips has returned to writing and directing, Phoenix is back in the lead role, and Joker co-writer Scott Silver again helped write the screenplay.
joker 2 seems to have a finished script
Along with the returning cast and crew, these photos also reveal the title of the movie. Joker: Madness for two appears on the title page, although it may only be a working title. Either way, it might offer some clues to the plot of joker 2.
As noted Polygon, insanity for two refers to a mental disorder that affects two or more people. Here is a helpful description from a medical journal:
The term madness for two includes several syndromes in which mental symptoms, especially paranoid delusions, are transmitted from one person to another or more with whom the apparent instigator is somehow intimately associated so that he or she comes to share the same crazy ideas.
Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix) suffered from a neurological disorder that caused him to laugh uncontrollably in the first film. Perhaps the title of the sequel suggests that his influence will begin to spread through Gotham after his escape from Arkham.
The future of the DCEU
Joker ended up breaking $1 billion at the box office, making it one of the 50 highest-grossing films of all time. As such, there was no doubt that Warner Bros. would find a way to launch a sequel with the same creative team.
A little after Joker released in theaters in 2019, Deadline Phillips asked about a potential sequel:
When a movie makes $1 billion and costs $60 million to make, of course it comes back. But Joaquin and I haven’t really decided. Were open. I mean, I would love to work with him on anything, quite frankly. So who knows? But it would have to have a real thematic resonance like this, ultimately about childhood trauma and the lack of love, and the loss of empathy. All of those things are really what made this movie work for us, so we should have something that has equal thematic resonance.
Presumably, the director and actor found the thematic resonance they were looking for.
In the meantime, Warner Bros. will continue to expand the DCEU with sequels and origin stories in the years to come. black adam and Shazam! Fury of the gods both slated for release later this year. In 2023, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom and the flash both will come to the cinema. There are also countless other projects in the work, including films about Blue Beetle, Batgirl, Black Canary, Static Shock, and other DC heroes and villains.