The Joke Is on Us – Joker’s Sequel Has a Script and a Title

We live in a sequel society with Joker: Folie à Deux.

This is probably not a surprise to anyone, but Joker is getting a sequel. The original film starred Joaquin Phoenix in the title role, directed by Todd Phillips. Joker went on to make just over $1 billion worldwide on a minuscule budget of $70 million. No studio is going to leave that kind of money on the table.

Today, we finally get full confirmation that a sequel is in the works. On his Instagram account, director Todd Phillips showed the cover of the script, followed by a picture of Phoenix reading what is presumably the script itself.

The script reveals a title for the sequel: “Joker: Folie à Deux.” The subtitle is a reference to shared delusional disorder (SDD), also known as shared psychosis, where multiple individuals share the same delusion. Generally, this happens when folks are isolated from others and are forced to share delusion ideas; frequently, this happens in cults.

The subtitle potentially points toward the general thrust of the sequel. Maybe Arthur Fleck, the newly-christened Joker, is at the head of a cult? Perhaps the shared psychosis is between the Joker and the young Bruce Wayne, both of whom were potentially revealed to have the same father, Thomas Wayne, in the first film.

The first film was a pastiche of Martin Scorcese’s works, equal parts Taxi Driver and The King of Comedy. Perhaps the sequel can cram together Shutter Island and Cape Fear? The Aviator and Gangs of New York? (Honestly, neither of those are bad ideas.) Regardless, Todd Philips is involved with a sequel, following reports that he might be consulting on the larger DC cinematic slate.


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