Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix went from repeatedly saying ‘one-off,’ to talking about a possible sequel. It isn’t really a surprise considering, Joker made over nine-hundred million worldwide. That much cash can certainly sway an opinion, add to that the critical and audience mostly positive response. Nothing is yet set in stone but more than likely, we will be seeing Phoenix’s Arthur Fleck again sooner than later.
Phoenix originally told the Los Angeles Times, he wasn’t interested in returning to the same character. Especially one he would have to play again and again.
“I guess the fear was that you’d get locked into doing something repeatedly that you don’t really care about, that doesn’t motivate you or excite you,” Phoenix said. “Part of the whole attraction to me [of ‘Joker’] was there was no expectation.” Phoenix said.
While, Phillips and Phoenix did joke around about the idea of a sequel in private conversations on set, it still wasn’t something they realistically envisioned.
Sure seems like Phoenix did have fun with the idea of Joker being placed in other cinematic approaches though. Phoenix went as far as having an on-set photogrpaher take his photos and then place them into famous movie posters. Phoenix envisioned Joker being able to show up in any sort of film and somehow be able to make it work. Similar to Joker virtually being Taxi Driver and King of Comedy in spirit.
Phoenix photoshoped himself into iconic posters for Rosemary’s Baby, Yentl and Raging Bull to illustrate to Phillips all the directions the Joker could feasibly go.
Is it weird, I can totally see Arthur Fleck living in Rosemary’s apartment building? Just one more of those strange neighbors that ends up at the Antichrist’s shower in the culmination of the film.
Realistically, we don’t know what direction the next Joker film will take, or if there will even be one. All we know right now is that we need to get a look at those photoshopped mock Joker posters ASAP?
What do you guys think? Do you want a Joker sequel?
Bonus: Photoshop your best Joker into a classic movie poster and let us see the results in the comments section.