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First photo from the set of the ‘Joker’ sequel starring Joaquin Phoenix & Lady Gaga

Even though director Todd Phillips insisted his 2019 film Joker was not a “traditional superhero movie”, the film managed to blow all other superhero blockbusters out of the water in terms of box office takings that year. Joker made a whopping US1.074 million in theatre takings alone – and that was with a US R-rating!

Suffice to say big bucks often inspire producers and directors to get on and make a sequel (or prequel, or whatever other options there are these days). So it is now official: the Joker sequel, tentatively titled Joker: Folie à Deux is in production.

Joaquin Phoenix returns to play the Clown Prince of Crime, Arthur Fleck, while Lady Gaga officially appeared on set this week for her role as Dr. Harleen Quinzel a.k.a. Harley Quinn.

Phillips trying to steer away from having this franchise fall into the “superhero” genre is one thing. But to state the new film is going to be a musical of sorts has even the biggest Joker diehards scratching their heads.

That’s right, a musical.

We’re not sure how this is going to play out, for it’s one thing to watch a fabulous scene of the Joker coming into his own and grooving down some steps to a glam Gary Glitter song but it’s another to actually have him dancing and singing through enough of a film to call it a ‘musical’.

We do know the story takes place in the 1980s, so perhaps that’ll set a lighter – and camper – tone so as to allow for some musical numbers.

By the way, for those who didn’t study French, Folie à Deux means ‘Madness for Two’. And now that we know what the title means, this whole musical lark sounds like it might just work.

Lisa Andrews & Antonino Tati


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