The sequel to the 2019 Oscar Joker is scheduled for October 4, 2024, Deadline reports. Director Todd Phillips previously confirmed the sequel was moving forward in June under the title Joker: Madness for Twowhich literally translates to “madness for two”.
Joaquin Phoenix, who won the Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of the character in the first film, is set to return for the sequel, Variety reports, while Lady Gaga is in talks to play alongside him, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Speculation is that Gaga could play Joker’s longtime partner Harley Quinn (previously played by Margot Robbie in the DCEU), and that Gaga’s potential involvement could even lead to the film incorporating more musical elements.
Although Joker had originally been conceived as a standalone film, its success at the box office and at the Oscars (where it received 11 nominations, including for Best Picture) made a sequel an obvious choice. This is especially the case given the bumpy performances of Warner Bros. films. based on DC Comics titles. Although this year The Batman was widely considered a success (with a swiftly greenlit sequel), Ezra Miller’s solo outing as the flash was mired in difficulties, and last year The Suicide Squad flopped at the box office.
Manufacturing on the Joker the sequel is set to debut in December, Deadline reports.