While Batgirl is canceled, Warner Bros. is still going forward with Joker: Folie A Deux.
As reported by Deadline, the studio set the Joker 2 release date for October 4, 2024. The previous film released on October 4, 2019, so it will come exactly five years after the world was introduced to Arthur Fleck. Given the 2019 hit made $1.074 billion at the box office, they’ll look to replicate the success given the timeline.
Director Todd Phillips and star Joaquin Phoenix will be joined in the sequel by Lady Gaga, who will play Harley Quinn. Surprisingly, the sequel will be a musical to some extent, although details on the plot of Joker 2 remain scarce.
“Director Todd Phillips’ original, stand-alone origin story Joker explores the world of—and according to—Arthur Fleck,” says the synopsis. “Indelibly portrayed by Phoenix, Arthur is a man facing the cruelty and outright scorn of society, along with the indifference of a system that allows him to spiral from vulnerability into depravity. A clown-for-hire by day, he strives to be a stand-up comic at night…but finds that the joke always seems to be on him. He’s out of tune with everyone around him, as evidenced by his uncontrollable, inappropriate laughter, which gains momentum as he attempts to contain it, exposing him to further ridicule—and even violence.
“Arthur, who devotes himself to caring for his fragile mother, seeks out every father figure he’s never had, from wealthy businessman Thomas Wayne to TV host Murray Franklin. Caught in a cyclical existence teetering on the precipice of reality and madness, one bad decision brings about a chain reaction of escalating, ultimately deadly, events.”
Phoenix starred as the titular villain with Zazie Beetz (Deadpool 2), Bill Camp, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Douglas Hodge, Marc Maron, Josh Pais, and Shea Whigham.