A Joker movie sequel, with Joaquin Phoenix returning as the Clown Prince of Crime, could happen according to director Todd Phillips.
During an interview with Total Film Magazine, Phillips had nothing but good things to say about the actor. “One thing I will tell you: I would do anything with Joaquin, any day of the week,” he stated.
“There’s nobody like him,” Phillips continued. “If he was willing to do it, and if people show up to this movie, and Warners came to us and said, ‘You know what? If you guys could think of something…’ Well, I have a feeling that he and I could think of something pretty cool.”
As seen in the Joker movie trailer, Phoenix stars as Arthur Fleck, a down-on-his-luck comedian who transforms into one of Batman’s most iconic villains. The Joker cast is rounded out by Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz and Francis Conroy. Further, Joker premieres at the Venice International Film Festival later this month, proving it’s aiming to be a much different kind of comic book adaptation than the typical superhero blockbuster. However, it appears the film isn’t immune to the franchise treatment of superhero movies.
Directed by Todd Phillips, Joker stars Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Douglas Hodge, Marc Maron, Josh Pais and Shea Whigham. The film arrives in theaters Oct. 4.