UPDATE: And so begins a battle between two big trades. Deadline is now reporting that THR‘s report on there being a Joker sequel in the works, or that Todd Phillips pitched any other characters to Warner Bros. are flat-out false. They even go so far as to call THR‘s report “click bait,” saying that while a sequel to Joker is an eventuality, there have been no meetings of the sort, no moves to make it happen, and that Phillips hasn’t even considered overseeing other characters from the DC comics.
Well, we all knew it would come to this. Joker marked an interesting turn for DC. After trying to play piggyback off of Marvel Studios for so long, they finally found an original direction for their properties: strong, director-driven, lower-budget movies that lean into what’s unique about each of their characters. With Joker raking in $1 billion worldwide — being the first R-rated film to do so — it was only a matter of time before a sequel was on the way.
Joker director Todd Phillips apparently got a bit more, THR reports. According to the outlet, there’s not only a sequel to the acclaimed Joaquin Phoenix-starring film — which he is in talks to return as director for — but Phillips left an October 7 meeting with the rights to another DC character.
The outlet states that Phillips even went so far as to create an even bigger overall idea: an entire portfolio of DC origin stories. From the sound of it, Warner Bros. didn’t exactly give him an entire portfolio, but at least one other character is a great start.
This isn’t exactly a huge surprise. Less than a week ago, Phillips expressed his interest in making a sequel under one condition, as he revealed to the Los Angeles Times.
“It couldn’t just be this wild and crazy movie about the Clown Prince of Crime. It would have to have some thematic resonance in a similar way that Joker does. Because I think that’s ultimately why the movie connected, it’s what’s going on underneath. So many movies are about the spark and this is about the powder. If you could capture that again in a real way, that would be interesting.”
Hilariously enough, this comment came from the helmer seemingly after he knew a sequel was on the way. With that in mind, it sounds like he got exactly that for the sequel and for whatever other film property he got the rights to in that Warner Bros. meeting with chairman Toby Emmerich.
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