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Todd Phillips announced Joker 2 was completed, but what do we know about Joker Folie a Deux?

Madness breeds madness – and in this case, audiences couldn’t be more excited for Joker 2,Alternatively, Joker: Folie a Deux2019’s official title is. 2019’s JokerThe movie was one of the most well-reviewed movies of the 21stJoaquin Phoenix’s performance and Todd Phillips’ direction were praised by critics and fans alike. Phoenix won the Oscar for Best Male Performance thanks to his rendition of the Joker, DC’s most notorious and deadly villain, and added to the legacy that the fictional character has built up over the years (we recently made an epic episode of WTF Happened To This MovieAbout it). Now, this legacy will continue with a sequel.

Joker: Folie a Deux will be a follow-up to the 2019 origin story that Phillips brought to the screen and will allow audiences to once again enjoy the character that they’ve come to love (and despise) so very much. Now, fans shouldn’t put the cart before the horse as the sequel’s not set to hit theaters for another year and a half, but seeing as how fans have already waited more than three years for the sequel, it’s safe to assume that hype is at an all time high. So, with all of that hype building up, let’s take a look at everything we know about Joker: Folie a DeuxSo far. 

First Images & Trailer:

While a trailer is for Joker 2, is likely months away, Phillips has been generous as far as images teasing the look of his Phoenix’s Arthur Fleck and Lady Gaga’s Harley Quinn go. Phillips recently posted the following on Instagram.

Here’s an early look he posted of Gaga in character (to note, on set she wanted to be referred to as “Lee” Harley is the short form of Harley.

The Plot

As stated, Joker 2, won’t be reportedly coming out for another year and a half (and that’s provided everything goes right with filming and post-production). The film is still a long way off, and the production team wants to keep it under wraps. As a result, the audience has been given very little information about the plot of the sequel. The only information that fans have is that Harley Quinn has a big role in the film, and that at least a part of it takes place in Arkham Asylum.

The movie will actually be a music video. This will likely have an impact on the plot. The choice was made reportedly due to the dancing themes in the first film, as well as Lady Gaga’s casting choice as the infamous Harley Quinn. Gaga’s musical background undoubtedly played a part in choosing to have the film be more musically driven and her experience with acting/creating music made the choice a no-brainer.

The last piece of information regarding the plot is that fans need to remember that this particular movie, as well as its predecessor, are not part of James Gunn’s upcoming DCU and will therefore be under the category of DC Elseworlds – stand alone projects set in the DC Universe. This isn’t new information as the original JokerIt is worth noting that this was never a part of the larger DC universe that DC tried and failed to create.

Joker: Folie a Deux – The Cast

Joaquin Phoenix gained an Oscar and universal acclaim for his rendition of the Joker so it’s no surprise to anyone that he’ll be returning to play Arthur Fleck/The Joker for the sequel. A notable piece of information to take into account is that thanks to Phoenix’s Oscar-winning performance, his payday for the sequel will be $20 million, opposed to the $4 million that he received for the original movie.

Lady Gaga is the most notable addition to the sequel. Robbie has played the character in three different DC films over the past decade. Gaga has been praised for her casting choice as Quinn and believes that she’ll do an amazing job with the character, saying:

“I think she’s going to do an amazing job. I’m so excited. All I could have ever hoped for Harley is that she would become one of those characters that, kind of like Batman, or Hamlet, gets handed from actor to actor—everyone gets a go at playing them. So, I feel like it’s just a credit to her as a character that people want to see her in multiple interactions. I’m excited.”

Jacob Lofland and Catherine Keener are also notable actors/actresses who have been added to this cast. Brenden Gleeson. Lofland is reportedly playing an inmate from the Arkham Asylum, and there hasn’t yet been any word on who Keener and Gleeson will be playing. Another new name for the movie is Harry Lawtey (star if HBO’s Industry) who has also been cast in an undisclosed role, however it’s been reported that his role will be a “big” one for the series.

Zazie Beetz is another name that will be familiar to the audience. She played Sophie in The First. Joker film. While it was revealed that her and Arthur’s relationship was completely concocted inside Arthur’s head, her overall fate was never revealed in the film. Zazie has also publicly stated, although nothing has been confirmed, that she believes Sophie to be alive in the series. With all of that being said, fans shouldn’t expect to see Zazie in the upcoming sequel, but it’s a very real possibility.

Arkham Asylum: More images revealed

Around the holidaysTodd Phillips has given fans a new sneak peek at Joker: Folie a Deux by posting a pic of Phoenix’s Arthur Fleck in his cell in Arkham Asylum, while the other showed Lady Gaga as Dr. Harleen Quinzel. They’re hilarious!

The Release Date is:

Joker: Folie a Deux has been scheduled for release on October 4, 2020. It is likely that it will be released after the original film, and at a fall festival (possibly in Venice or TIFF).

The Soundtrack

While Lady Gaga will presumably have a lot to do with the songs, the original composer Hildur Guðnadóttir will also be returning.

What does Joker 2 mean in the title?

Folie a Deux (the film’s official title) actually translates to “madness of two” and refers to ‘shared psychosis’ in which “delusion or mental illness is shared by two people in close association”. The title of the film is likely to refer to the relationship that will spread between Harley Quinn, Joker, and the two.

How was it filmed?

Joker: Folie a Deux by Lawrence Sher was shot partly with IMAX camera.

All Other Things:

Fans may also be interested to know that although the film was set in New York City but was actually filmed in Los Angeles. Nevertheless, it’s been revealed in set-photos that the sequel will return to the infamous “Joker-steps” from the first movie. It’s also assumed that since the movie will be a musical, Gaga will be writing the music for at least one of the songs that she will undoubtedly perform during the film – it’s well known that Gaga writes/co-writes all of her own music and has already won an Oscar herself for writing/performing the song “Shallow” in A Star is BornBack in 2018.

So, even though fans won’t get a chance to see how The Joker and Harley Quinn get wrapped up in another crazy villainous adventure for quite some time, fans can rest well knowing that the wait will be more than worth it.


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