No one expected Todd Phillips’ Joker to do as well as it did upon its release. Yet whatever everyone’s expectations were for the film, it undoubtedly smashed them.
The film ended up becoming the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time, grossing over $1B on a $60M budget. And so, naturally, everyone’s been asking about a Joker sequel.
Phillips opened up about how likely this is with an interview with Deadline, and he’s not totally opposed to it. In fact, it appears as if he’d like to do it, if nothing else but for the opportunity to work with Jeaquin Phoenix again.
The thing is, if he’s going to do it, it’s got to be for a good reason. He says:
“When a movie does $1 billion and cost $60 million to make, of course it comes up … Joaquin and I haven’t really decided on it. We’re open. I mean, I’d love to work with him on anything, quite frankly. So who knows? But it would have to have a real thematic resonance the way this one did, ultimately being about childhood trauma and the lack of love, and the loss of empathy. All those things are really what made this movie work for us, so we’d have to have something that had an equal thematic resonance.”
Joker was clearly not a cash grab. It was a story that Phillips felt necessary to tell; a reluctance to make a sequel just for easy profit is highly respectable. He also touched on why he thought the film was such a success.
“I think there are themes in the movie that really resonated with people. None of us thought an R-rated movie could do over $1 billion across the world. But I think the themes in it really resonated. The thing Scott Silver and I set out to do when we wrote the movie together was to make something meaningful in that comic book space, but also something really that addressed what was going on in 2016, when we started writing. It’s pretty obvious what was happening in our country in 2017 while we were writing it, and really wanted to use Joker to make a movie about the loss of compassion and the lack of decorum in the world.”
So, will we see a sequel? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.