‘Joker’ Sequel Reportedly In The Works With Todd Phillips Returning To Co-Write

When Joker was release a couple of years ago I don’t think anybody could have imagined it would as successful as it turned out to be. Not only did it go on to earn more than $1B at the box office, the first ever for an R-rated movie, but the list of accolades was extensive. Two Oscars were won, including Best Actor for star Joaquin Phoenix. While intended as a standalone effort, Warner Bros. wasn’t going to let that go to waste, and now it seems they’re moving forward on a sequel.

Deep in a THR report about Hollywood lawyers (*snooze*) is word that Todd Phillips has “struck a deal to co-write the next Joker installment.” That’s pretty much all they’ve got on it, which is curious. You would think news like this would warrant its own individual headline, which leads me to believe the info is a bit wobbly.

There have been numerous reports of a Joker sequel, and for the most part they’ve all been debunked by Phillips himself. Although Phillips and Phoenix have shown interest in returning, nothing was ever made official by Warner Bros.

So we’ll see if this for real or just another case of an outlet getting ahead of itself. Frankly, I’d like Joker to be a single effort without franchise aspirations.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.