Lady Gaga shares the The Joker sequel has wrapped!
Even if you're not an avid follower of the Batman franchise, or any of the superhero multiverse for that matter, you'll still be familiar with the character of The Joker.
Whether through Heath Ledger's haunting portrayal in The Dark Knight, or by proxy on account of being the beau of Margot Robbie's fast-mouthed and nasal Harley Quinn, you're probably just about up to date with Gotham's Clown Prince of Crime.
Oh, and let's not forget, 2019's Joker brought us an unforgettably unhinged Joaquin Phoenix performance (which earned him an Academy Award for Best Actor), alongside a complete retelling of the famous adversary which we know and... love?
And now, filming just wrapped on the cynical tale of madness, so here's everything we know so far about this next instalment in the supervillain's story.
Who's starring in the Joker sequel?
Joaquin Phoenix will be reprising his role as Arthur Fleck (AKA: The Joker). And of course, superstar Lady Gaga is taking on the energetic role of Harley Quinn. What a pairing.
Now, new pictures have been released from set with Gaga looking absolutely incredible as the iconic character, and we are so excited!
Also starring is Zazie Beetz, who appeared in the first film as Arthur's neighbour Sophie, with whom he imagines a relationship. Brendan Gleeson, Catherine Keener, Harry Lawtey, and Jacob Lofland will also be appearing.
What's the Joker sequel about?
It was uncertain whether this dark drama would even be granted a sequel, given the slight controversies that surrounded its release. (Some audiences questioned the moral implications of celebrating violence in such a way.) Though, with a $1 billion return at the box office, it was inevitable.
Major plot details are still under wraps, but a few things have come to light. The film is said to be taking place mostly in Arkham Asylum, and will be... wait for it... a musical.
Yes, you read that right!
Though it's unclear to what extent the musical elements will lead the film's narrative, this twist in format has certainly thrown all expectations out of the water.
The title itself, Folie à Deux, is a French phrase which means "delusion or mental illness shared by two people in close association". This suggests that The Joker will be finding a partnership in madness with another character, and given that the film will take place in Arkham Asylum (the setting in which he canonically meets his beloved Dr Harleen Quinzel), we can't help but think that maybe Harley Quinn might be stopping by.
According to reports, the film will have "complicated musical sequences", and will work on a budget of roughly $150 million. Sounds pretty unmissable.
Is there a trailer for the Joker sequel?
Whilst there's not a trailer yet, the fans were thrilled to see a first look of Lady Gaga and Phoenix in an official image recently released by the film's director Todd Phillips.
In the image, Gaga and Phoenix are in close quarters with each other, and given Gaga's affectionate-looking touch to his face, we can only guess that the relationship between the two, whatever that may be, will form the backbone of the sequel's story.
That is Joker: Folie à Deux's release date?
With a release date set for the 4th October 2024, we'll have waited a whopping five years after the original film exploded into the comic book culture. But given that filming has only just wrapped, it's fair enough that we might need to have a little patience for this one.
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