In 2019, DC was able to surprise everyone with “ Joker ”: With more than one billion US dollars at the box office, the clown, embodied by exceptional actor Joaquin Phoenix (“Her”), catapulted himself to the top of the most successful films with US age ratings for adults and children showed that films for such an audience can definitely have the potential to become mega blockbusters. At the same time, the psychodrama was able to convince the critics and was nominated for a total of eleven (!) Oscars.
Nevertheless, there were no concrete signs of life from a possible sequel to the box office hit for a long time. But now «Joker» director Todd Phillips («Hangover») has published a photo of the «Joker 2» script via Instagram, which also reveals the official (working) title of the sequel!
“Joker: Folie À Deux” – this is the working title for the sequel to the box-office success. It remains to be seen whether it will also be the final title of the film. At the same time, the photo of the screenplay reveals that Todd Phillips and Scott Silver («The Fighter») are once again the successful team of authors responsible for the first «Joker» part. In the same post, Todd Phillips also shared a black-and-white photo of «Joker» actor Joaquin Phoenix studying the script.
«Joker: Folie À Deux» – What does the title tell us?
DC Universe fans might want to take a peek at the title of the Joker sequel, as the folio à deux is a term for a shared psychotic disorder in which people can develop a shared delusional disorder . The delusional symptoms are often taken over by a close partner who does not necessarily have a previous problem. So, an overriding delusion.
Of course, this overarching delusion may relate to the events of the first part, in which the people of Gotham were «infected» by Arthur Fleck’s actions and rampaged in the streets. However, in the case of a large number of people affected, it is more likely to be referred to as folie à plusieurs or folie à beaucoups , i.e. a mental disorder affecting several people. It is much more likely that the addition of folie à deux indicates a very personal, intimate relationship, and there can only be one person with the Joker .
Is there a Harley Quinn reunion?
The clinical picture would, of course, perfectly match Joker’s longtime partner Harley Quinn , who is the treating psychiatrist, Dr. Harleen Quinzel fell for the Joker and his delusions during the joint therapy sessions in Arkham Asylum and ultimately spread fear and terror in Gotham at his side.
However, it is very unlikely that there would be a reunion with Harley Quinn actress Margot Robbie in this case , since Todd Phillips «Joker» universe exists separately from the rest of DC canon and also the Harley Quinn embodied by Margot Robbie in experienced a breakup with her abusive ex-boyfriend, the Joker, in the films Birds of Prey and The Suicide Squad.
«Joker 2» aka «Joker: Folie à Deux» does not have a release date yet. However, with the script now complete, the best-case scenario is that filming could begin as early as 2022, with a possible start date of 2023.
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