‘Joker: Folie à Deux’ Trailer: The World Is A Stage For Joaquin Phoenix And Lady Gaga In Todd Phillips’ Musical Sequel

Hard to believe it’s been five years since Todd Phillips’ Joker, and I think in that time we’ve slept on how big of a movie it was when it could’ve been a disaster. It arrived at a confusing time for the DCEU, and the idea of doing a standalone spinoff of a Batman villain was just odd with the potential of alienating fans. Instead, Joker made over $1B at the box office and earned Joaquin Phoenix an Oscar win for Best Actor, a rarity for the genre. And now the inevitable sequel, Joker: Folie à Deux is right around the corner and it promises to dial up the insanity to a new level.

After a brief 30-second teaser dropped earlier today at CinemaCon, Warner Bros. has now unveiled the full trailer. Phoenix returns as Arthur Fleck, who is now holed up in Arkham Asylum, Gotham’s home for the criminally insane. But the sequel’s huge draw is Lady Gaga as Dr. Harleen Quinzel, who we all know becomes his twisted paramour, Harley Quinn.

It’s the ultimate case of mad love, which Phillips is bringing to life with an array of musical sequences, around 15 musical numbers with a score by Hildur Guðnadóttir who won the Oscar for Joker last time. Most of the songs will be covers inspired by classic musicals, which you get a taste of in this footage.

Also in the cast are Zazie Beetz who returns as Arthur’s neighbor and former love interest, Sophie Dumond, plus Brendan Gleeson, Catherine Keener, Jacob Lofland, Steve Coogan, Ken Leung and Harry Lawtey.

Joker: Folie à Deux opens in theaters on October 4th.

Travis Hopson
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.