It’s not every day that a film sequel generates such anticipation that every morsel of information becomes a headline. Especially, when the first film not only becomes a billion-dollar sensation but also redefines a genre. After the astronomical success of Todd Phillips’ “Joker”, fans have been eagerly waiting for any updates on its sequel, “Joker: Folie á Deux”.
From the Eye of the Beholder
One of the most influential figures of a movie, the cinematographer, brings the director’s vision to life on the big screen. For “Joker: Folie á Deux”, that responsibility lies on the seasoned shoulders of Lawrence Sher. Having collaborated with Phillips on blockbusters like “War Dogs”, “Due Date”, and the “Hangover” series, Sher’s insight into the sequel becomes paramount.
“Something I appreciate about Todd Phillips – who I’ve done seven movies with, including Joker – is that he’s always taking risks. We’ve got the new Joker coming out next year and we’re just finishing up post-production on it. This movie is a big swing and it’s going to be really surprising to people. I’m so excited for everyone to see it.”
The Return of the King…of Gotham
Set for a grand unveiling on October 4, 2024, “Joker: Folie á Deux” sees the reprisal of Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck. This new installment will not only delve deeper into Arthur’s spiral into the Joker but will also introduce Lady Gaga as Harley Quinn, the Joker’s notorious partner-in-crime from the DC Comics.
A Musical Descent into Madness?
While the cast list for “Joker: Folie á Deux” is impressive, boasting names like Zazie Beetz, Catherine Keener, Brendan Gleeson, Harry Lawtey, and Jacob Lofland, it’s the rumored musical twist that has everyone talking. Can a musical format fit into the grim and gritty ambiance that Phillips so masterfully crafted in the original? This gamble, though eyebrow-raising, might just be the kind of inventive shakeup the DC universe needs.
Although Phillips declared the sequel’s development in June 2022 and shooting started by December of the same year, the story arc remains a tightly guarded secret. But, with Sher hinting at the film’s nearing post-production completion, the Joker fandom is abuzz with excitement. Recent stills showcasing Phoenix in his iconic Joker avatar have already stirred the pot, amping up the anticipation.
Anticipation Builds for the Sequel’s Surprise
It seems “Joker: Folie á Deux” is geared to defy all preset expectations, much like its predecessor. As the cinematic world awaits more teasers, trailers, and tidbits, one thing is crystal clear: Phillips and his team are leaving no stone unturned to ensure that the sequel is as groundbreaking as the original, if not more.
A Final Thought
The world of entertainment is no stranger to sequels, but few carry the weight of expectation as “Joker: Folie á Deux”. With a team that’s clearly pushing boundaries and ready to take risks, October 2024 can’t come soon enough for fans around the globe.