“Joker” has grossed over $930 million worldwide, which means a sequel is probably inevitable for Warner Bros.
Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix have gone back and forth on the idea of a “Joker” sequel, but a followup film is unquestionably on Warner Bros.’ minds now that the original has grossed over $930 million worldwide and could be headed above the $1 billion mark. Phoenix confirmed in a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times part of the draw of the “Joker” role was that it was a “one-off” and it wouldn’t bind him to a years-long franchise.
“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. I didn’t sign a deal to do [more movies]. It was a one-off.”
And yet, Phoenix says the idea of sequel didn’t take long to manifest. “Long before the release or before we had any idea if it would be successful, we talked about sequels,” Phoenix said. “In the second or third week of shooting, I was like, ‘Todd, can you start working on a sequel? There’s way too much to explore.’ It was kind of in jest — but not really.”
Phoenix said that he “wouldn’t just do a sequel just because the first movie is successful,” but if an exciting idea can be crafted then he would reprise the role. During the production of “Joker,” Phoenix asked the on-set photographer if he would shoot him in character so they could create mock sequel posters in a “tongue-in-cheek” attempt to show director Todd Phillips the possibility of another movie.